Group hosting wildflower hike, lunch

Plans have been finalized for the White River Forestry wildflower hike April 8 at Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center west of Bedford.

Carroll Ritter, who organizes the wildflower hikes each year, said this is the second time the group has come to this area, and he is glad to return to the Feldun farm since it has been a favorite for finding spring wildflowers, according to a news release.

There is a $10 fee for the event. Any funds raised support other educational efforts of the White River Forestry committee.

Ritter said there should be an abundance of spring ephemerals if the weather warms up. Of the 880 acres at the farm, 234 acres are forested on intriguing karst terrain. Hikes will be led by Ritter, Janet Eger and others.

Two hikes will be offered this year: 10:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Preregistration is required. Payment needs to done at the time of registration to save a place.

To register, contact Mandy or Stephanie at the Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District office. Mandy may be reached by email at [email protected] or call 812-279-8117, ext 3.

Hikers are urged to come early and wear sturdy shoes. There will be picnic tables available for those who bring their lunch. Snacks and water will be provided.