Guided Sculpture Tour tonight

Local artist Andy Jendrzejewski beginning at 5:30 p.m. today will host the second Guided Sculpture Tour, which is part of the First City Public Sculpture Exhibition.

This month’s walk will step off from the grassy area across from Clark’s Crossing, 300 N. Sixth St., specifically its Buntin Street side. Visitors, guided by Jendrzejewski, will discuss the sculptures In-Motion, Effexor and Travelogue. Jendrzejewski will share with visitors information about the installations, including the artists’ statement, as well as tips on how to better enjoy and understand such art.

Second Sunday Nature Walk to focus on wildflowers

Sunday’s Second Sunday Nature Walk at Ouabache Trails Park will look at the many species of wildflowers in early spring before the canopy shades the forest floor.

There are many species, some occurring in large numbers, and they have a variety of flower structures to ensure pollination by insects and others. Walkers will learn to recognize some basic structures and arrangements.

Handouts will be provided as well as a list of spring wildflowers found at the park.

Walkers should meet Master Naturalist Terri Talarek King in front of the park office. The walk will begin at 2 p.m. on Trail 1.The walk will continue on Trails 2 and 4, which have a few steep slopes. Magnifying lenses are encouraged.

For questions or more information, email leapingfrog55@yahoo.com or leave a voice message at 812-881-8987. Also, check the Facebook page “The Nature of Knox County, Indiana.”

All are welcome and families encouraged. No registration or fees are required. Masks and social distancing are also encouraged.

CISMA offering program to replace shrubs

The Knox County Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) group on Tuesday met and approved a new program offering native shrubs for the removal of invasive ones.

Local residents need only agree to remove common invasive shrubs from their own properties to then receive up to three native shrubs, paid for by CISMA, to replace them. To be eligible, residents must submit before and after pictures of the invasive shrub removal to county natural resource specialist Will Drews at willem.drews@in.nacdnet.net.

Native shrubs will be available for pick up on specified dates in April at the Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District Office on a first come, first served basis.

Some common invasive shrubs in Knox County include Amur Honeysuckle, Autumn Olive, Border Privet, Burning Bush, Japanese Barberry and Multiflora Rose.

Native species being offered as a replacement include American Plum, Ninebark, and Silky Dogwood. Shrubs are 12-inch bare root stock and can be mixed and matched as availability allows.

The program is set to run through April 16.

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