OUTDOOR BRIEFS: Jeep event happening this month; bike, bourbon weekend

Jeep event happening this month

The Brown County YMCA will host Mudders Day Jeep Run on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participants and their Jeeps can enjoy trying out the articulation ramps and teeter totters.

Prizes will also be handed out.

Check-in will be at 9 a.m. at the YMCA, 105 Willow St., before Jeeps roll out and join the scavenger hunt through Brown County. The day will finish with a barbecue at the YMCA.

Admission is $35 per adult and $20 per child. Those interested can register at browncountyymcajeeprun.com/.

Obstacle courses and challenges will be optional. Princess Jeeps and Mall Crawlers are welcome.

Bikes, bourbon weekend

Bikes and Bourbon Women’s Weekend, hosted by Brown County Bikes, is planned for May 13 through 15. The weekend will include biking on trails in Brown County State Park, as well as food, music and a distillery tour at Hard Truth Hills.

Participants will have the option of staying at the Brown County Barn Burner. The cost for the weekend is $650. Bikes can be rented at an additional cost.

Those interested can reserve a spot at browncountybikes.com/product/brown-county-bikes-bikes-and-bourbon-4580.htm.

Dances with Dirt Gnaw Bone

The Dances with Dirt Gnaw Bone Marathon is scheduled for May 21 from 6:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Races will include a 5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon, 50K and 50 mile. Registration fees start at $39 and range to $89.

All entries include a post-race barbecue bash, T-shirt and a finisher medal. Overall awards will be given to first male and female racers in all distances. Age group awards will be given in all five age groups for all events.

The marathon’s headquarters will be Mike’s Music and Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West. The majority of the race course will go through the Brown County State Park and Yellowwood State Forest.

Register and get more information at www.dgnawbone.com.

Shelby Spring Fling coming to state park

Shelby and Mustang enthusiasts can enjoy an evening in Brown County State Park and dinner in Nashville on Thursday, May 19.

Pony Trails will occur on Friday morning, May 20, where dozens of Mustangs will drive to a planned destination in Southern Indiana.

On Friday evening, guests can attend the Welcome Bash at Abe Martin Lodge, where hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. On Saturday, May 22, cars will be judged in the pool area at the State Park, with awards presented at 3:30 p.m. Vendors and a picnic lunch will be available.

More information is available at www.jdsaleen.com/InsaacSpringFling.htm.

Free development program planned

A free professional development program for educators on forestry topics will occur at Morgan-Monroe State Forest this summer.

The week-long program will have two separate sessions: June 20 through 24 and July 18 through 22.

The Natural Resources Teacher Institute will discuss Indiana forests, forest management, forest products and forestry research. Adult educators and youth leaders are encouraged to apply.

Site visits to public and private forest lands, including tours of forest industry facilities and the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, will be included in the daily sessions.

A maximum of 18 participants can participate in each session and must be available to attend all days of the institute and actively participate. Meals will be provided. Each participant will be asked to develop a lesson plan or project during the week. A small stipend will be awarded upon completion and implementation of the lesson plan or project.

The program is presented by the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Purdue University Forestry and Natural Resources.

Participants will receive Project Learning Tree and Leopold Education Project curriculum materials, a forestry tool kit and Indiana-specific field guides.

To apply, contact Donna Rogler, DNR forestry education specialist, at [email protected] or 317-234-5143.

Youth Marksmanship program scheduled

Hoosier Hills Rifle and Pistol Club sponsors a shooting sports program for boys and girls ages 13 to 21. The program teaches gun safety and marksmanship skills.

Skill awards can be earned by shooting paper targets at an outdoor range using .22 caliber rifles. The program is taught by certified instructors and coaches.

Training and practice sessions are held on Wednesday evenings.

For information and to apply, email [email protected] or visit hhrpyouth.org.

Running retreat in Nashville

Transcend Health and Wellness will host Transcend Running Retreat from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3 in Nashville. The weekend aims to connect women who love running.

The schedule will include group trail runs, workshops and meditations. The location will be given to attendees after they register.

The registration fee is $2,200. Those interested can register at transcendhealthandwellness.com/retreats/fall.