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Dog Days of Summer @ Lydick Bog

Lydick Bog Nature Preserve 25898 US-20, South Bend, IN, United States

Take a hike with your hound and learn the history of the "dog days of summer!"

Free

Nifty Nocturnals @ Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

Join local moth enthusiast, Chris Joll, and Shirley Heinze staff at Meadowbrook for a nighttime program dedicated to nocturnal critters. Bring a headlight or a flashlight for one hoot of a good time!

Free

Community Hike @ Lydick Bog

Lydick Bog Nature Preserve 25898 US-20, South Bend, IN, United States

Great Blue Heron feeding in the wetlands at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve. Explore Lydick Bog, one of Indiana's few "true bogs," with Staff Ecologist Doug Botka. Established as a Shirley Heinze Land Trust nature preserve in 2016, this property tells a compelling story of how conservationists and community members came together to protect one of …

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Free

Forest Bathing @ Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

Restore the body and mind with a relaxing forest bathing walk through Meadowbrook Nature Preserve. Learn about the history of forest bathing (shinrin yoku) and how to incorporate it into your everyday life!

Free

Forest Bathing @ Lydick Bog

Lydick Bog Nature Preserve 25898 US-20, South Bend, IN, United States

Restore the body and mind with a relaxing forest bathing walk through Lydick Bog Nature Preserve. Learn about the history of forest bathing (shinrin yoku) and how to incorporate it into your everyday life!

Free

Meadowbrook Mushrooms & Fluorescent Fungi

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

Have fun with fungi as we explore their role in our ecosystem and the fluorescent nature of some local species!

Free

Ivanhoe South Fall Walk ‘n’ Talk

Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve 750 Colfax St, Gary, IN, United States

Explore your backyard wetlands in the peak of fall. Shirley Heinze Land Trust will guide you through the 0.6-mile hike through some of Indiana's rarest habitat types. Observe the colors of fall,  try your hand at birding (binoculars provided!), and learn the basics of forest bathing. You'll be able to walk at your own pace …

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Free

Black Friday #OptOutside Hike @ Lydick Bog

Lydick Bog Nature Preserve 25898 US-20, South Bend, IN, United States

#OptOutside with Shirley Heinze Land Trust this year. Avoid the long mall lines and coupon clipping, and join Stewardship Ecologist Doug Botka for a scenic hike at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve!

Free

Meadowbrook Silent Hike

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN, United States

Take in the sounds of nature with a meditative, "silent" hike. Learn about the history of Meadowbrook Nature Preserve while allowing for quiet moments along the trail.

Free

Great Backyard Bird Count @ Lydick Bog

Lydick Bog Nature Preserve 25898 US-20, South Bend, IN, United States

Let your birding skills take flight at this all-levels bird count, led by South Bend-Elkhart Audubon!

Free