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Canceled: Volunteer Workday @ Bayless Dune

May 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Parking for the workday will be at the former site of Nobel Elementary School, now a vacant parcel across from St. Barnabas Church, 601 Pottawatomi Trail, Gary.

*** UPDATE: Due to the incessant rain, this workday was cancelled and will be rescheduled soon. ***

This little preserve in Miller features oak forest, wetlands, high dunes and blowouts, and an incredible native plant diversity. It truly is a gem in the midst of an urban landscape. The cactus-studded, sandy slopes of Bayless need some love, though, as the nefarious garlic mustard has taken hold in some areas. We need your help to pull them out!

Preserve Steward Tom Cera cuts round leaf bittersweet at Bayless Dune on a recent volunteer workday.

This volunteer workday is part of our Garlic Mustard Week volunteer initiative. During the entire week, various Shirley Heinze preserves like Bayless will be host to workdays focusing on the removal of this destructive invasive species. It’s a chance to get some meaningful invasive management done across a wide swath of our service area.

Be prepared to work outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Conditions on the workday may be wet or chilly. Volunteer workdays are held in all types of weather, although if conditions become hazardous during or leading into the workday, we may be forced to cancel abruptly. Your safety is our first concern! Ascending the highest of the dunes may present a relatively strenuous climb, but most are pretty easy. We will provide all the necessary equipment, gear, and water. We encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottle!

Please RSVP through the website form below. Question? Call the office at 219-242-8558 or email

Save time by filling out the online Volunteer Application prior to attending. We’ll also have hard copies for you at the workday. Come lend a hand, enjoy some time out in the woods with fellow volunteers, and learn about other meaningful opportunities with Shirley Heinze!


May 9
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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Bayless Dune Nature Preserve
8975-9047 Indian Boundary, Gary, IN 46403
Gary, IN 46403 United States
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