Appreciation Days Were Fun for All!

Earlier this month, our community experienced the joy and wonder of nature through two engaging events organized by Shirley Heinze Land Trust. These events not only provided fun and education but also celebrated our ongoing efforts to preserve and appreciate our local natural habitats.

Embracing the Great Outdoors at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

On November 3rd, community members and nature enthusiasts gathered at the scenic Lydick Bog Nature Preserve. The afternoon was filled with a series of guided hikes, offering participants a scenic and informative hike through the preserve’s unique range of habitats.

Surrounded by the serene beauty of the preserve, attendees enjoyed the simple pleasure of making s’mores, sharing stories, and making new friends.

The highlight of the evening was the celebration of our new observation deck. This addition to the preserve allows for an elevated view of the wetland, providing a perfect spot for bird watching, photography, or simply enjoying the tranquil scenery. This new feature marks a significant step in our commitment to enhancing visitor experiences while preserving the natural beauty of the area.

Families were treated to hands-on activities including a close up timeline depicted on a 150+ year old tree cookie, creating a paper watershed and learning about water flow with a spray bottle rain event, and a show and tell of tools used by our stewardship staff.

A Day of Family Fun at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

The following day, on November 4th, the Meadowbrook Nature Preserve was buzzing with excitement. The event included delightful hayrides provided by Northeast Indian that took visitors through the forest and prairie landscapes of the preserve. Participants enjoyed warm coffee and delicious donuts, a perfect treat for the autumn morning.

The SHLT staff led a series of interactive and educational activities, including an invasive plant matching game that educated participants about local ecology in a fun and engaging way.

Another highlight was the “Crumple Creek: Build Your Own Watershed” activity, where families could learn about different parts of a watershed and how they work by constructing their own paper model. Understanding the role and function of your local watershed demonstrates the importance of clean, healthy waterways.

The Appreciation Days were a blast for our staff! Everyone enjoyed engaging, connecting, and celebrating the communities we work in.

We sincerely appreciate every participant, volunteer, and staff member who played a role in making these events possible. A special note of gratitude goes to Family Express, Starbucks, and Gary Gilot for their generous donation of refreshments.

Stay tuned for more events like these, as we continue to explore, learn, and preserve the natural wonders of Northwestern Indiana.