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2019 Educational Hike Series at Springfield Fen Nature Preserve

July 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Springfield Fen

The Springfield Fen Nature Preserve protects a mesic upland forest natural community and numerous wetland habitats. Of particular interest to this excursion, this nature preserve contains a high quality example of a calcareous wetland known as a prairie fen. It also contains many rare plant and animal species. We have the good fortune to be guided by Regional Ecologist Derek Nimetz from the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves, who knows the preserve intimately. The terrain may be uneven and muddy so you must come prepared for wet feet and hummocky surfaces. Like at Clark and Pine, the best places to see are often the most difficult to walk through.

Springfield Fen
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Springfield Fen
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Registration Information

There is a limit of 15 participants for each hike, and a registration fee of $25 per person, which helps support our mission and make this hike series possible. Registration and payment must be made in advance. Register and pay online now though eventbrite or call us at 219-242-8558 to pay via phone with a credit card. For more information, email Sarah Barnes at Participants will receive a reminder via email prior to each hike with directions to the site along with any other instructions. Hikes are conducted rain or shine, except during thunderstorms.

Recommendations for hikers

  • Bring drinking water, binoculars and/or hand lenses, and field guides.
  • Be prepared for sun (or rain) and insects.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes that can handle muddy going.
  • Please be on time. Hikes will begin promptly at the time indicated.

About the 2019 Educational Hike Series

Explore the beauty of the Calumet Region and beyond and support Shirley Heinze Land Trust in working to preserve natural lands in Northwest Indiana by attending our educational hikes. Attendees are treated to a wealth of knowledge from a variety of expert hike leaders, in groups of 15 or less. Hikes are held at a variety of outstanding nature preserves located across Northwest Indiana, Northeast Illinois and Southwest Michigan.


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July 13, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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Springfield Fen Nature Preserve
5177 N. Wilhelm Rd.
LaPorte, IN 46350 United States
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