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June 2022

Community Clean Up @ Ivanhoe South

June 1 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve, 750 Colfax St
Gary, IN 46406 United States
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Free 24 spots left

Help us keep our neighborhoods beautiful with a litter pick up day near Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve. We will be picking up trash along the trail and roads in order to keep the area clean and safe, improve walkability for visitors, and help maintain a healthy ecosystem and wildlife.

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Trail Mix Hike for National Trails Day

June 4 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve, 750 Colfax St
Gary, IN 46406 United States
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Free

Join Brown Faces Green Spaces and Shirley Heinze Land Trust in celebrating the diversity in both our environment and community with our Trail Mix Hike at Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve. Create your own trail mix, then complete a scavenger hunt to receive a free sticker!

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Dig the Dunes Beer Run @ Ambler Flatwoods

June 23 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ambler Flatwoods, 8364 Meer Road
Michigan City, IN 46360 United States
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What's better than a trail run and a cold beer? Dig the Dunes is partnering with Shirley Heinze Land Trust to host two trail runs this summer! The Ambler Flatwoods Run is one of the more rugged runs. Tickets are $6 and are purchased through the event website / Cost will be $7.50 on the day of the run. Once finished you can head over to Burn 'Em Brewing and get your beer! Please note that these are just fun runs.…

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July 2022

Nature in the Arts – Make Your Own Field Guide

July 16
Ambler Flatwoods, 8364 Meer Road
Michigan City, IN 46360 United States
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Channel your inner artist with our Nature in the Arts series! Visit us at Ambler to walk in the woods and create a personalized field guide of your observations.

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Dig the Dunes Beer Run @ Meadowbrook

July 21 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Run amongst the wildflowers at Meadowbrook! Join us at Meadowbrook Preserve in Valparaiso. We will run the trails and then head back to the picnic area for a cold beer. Please note that these are just fun runs. We will give you a map of the route and send you off. Ticket includes one beer. Tickets at $6 and are purchased through Eventbrite / Cost will be $7.50 on the day of the run.

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August 2022

Nature in the Arts – Nature Collage and Walking Journals

August 20 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Create nature-inspired art with us! We are excited to partner with the Art Barn School of Art in leading a cyanotype printmaking workshop, while the Chesterton Art Center shows you how to create your own "walking journal."

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Rare Plants of the Tefft Savanna

August 27 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Support Shirley Heinze Land Trust in preserving natural lands and waters in northwestern Indiana by attending our annual Walks With Shirley and Friends hiking series. These guided hikes are held at a variety of outstanding habitats across northwestern Indiana. Attendees will gain a wealth of knowledge from a variety of expert hike leaders in groups of 15 or fewer.

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Nature in the Arts – Plein Air Painters + DIY Collage

August 27 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, 25898 US-20
South Bend, IN 46628 United States
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Watch plein air painters in action as they draw inspiration from their surroundings at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve. Channel your inner artist with an art activity for all ages, led by the Art Barn School of Art.

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September 2022

Nature in the Arts – Cyanotype Printmaking and DIY Wands

September 24 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Piece together your artistic vision through an art collage, and make your own magic with a nature wand, in partnership with the Chesterton Arts Center and the Art Barn School of Art.

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October 2022

Nature in the Arts – Make Your Own Dune and Swale Art

October 1
Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve, 750 Colfax St
Gary, IN 46406 United States
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Create your own art using supplies that represent the varied landscape of a dune and swale habitat. Explore the nature trail while celebrating artwork from the BIPOC communities of Gary, Indiana

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