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Open your mind with an educational hike, or stretch your legs at one of our volunteer workdays.
Join us and see how everyone – especially you – can make an impact.

CANCELLED: April Fool’s Hike

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

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been cancelled. Please check out our other upcoming events. This hike is no joke! In addition to learning about the history of Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, we'll discover the many ways nature tricks us. From mimicry of poisonous species to opossums playing dead, come see why nature isn't …

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Free

Earth Day Birding Hike @ Meadowbrook

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

Celebrate our region's biodiversity this Earth Day by birding with Shirley Heinze Land Trust!

Free

Frog in a Bog: A Lydick Bog Program

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

Frogs are important indicator species and an invaluable part of the wetland habitats of Lydick Bog. Hop on over to learn more about these amazing creatures!

Free

City Nature Challenge 2023

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

Upload your findings to iNaturalist in this weekend-long inventory of flora, fauna, and fungi!

Free

Screen-Free Week Hike

St. Francis Nature Preserve 3500 Franciscan Way, Michigan City, IN, United States

Take a break from the physical and mental strains of staring at a screen. Join us for a short stroll through the woods and give your eyes—and brain—a rest!

Free

Lydick Bog Hike

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

Take a hike at Lydick Bog with our Staff Ecologist! Learn all about the bog and the incredible biodiversity it supports.

Free

National Trails Day – Trail Mix Hike

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

Join Brown Faces Green Spaces and Shirley Heinze Land Trust for an all-ages National Trails Day event. Make your own trail mix and explore Ivanhoe South's dune and swale habitat!

Free

Harbor Country Hikers – Meadowbrook Hike

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

Join the Harbor Country Hikers as they explore the diverse natural areas of Meadowbrook led by an experienced Shirley Heinze naturalist and earth steward. Along the way we will learn how they manage their habitats and how you can establish your own “Home Steward Program.” After the hike you are invited to sit under a …

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Free

Dogs Days of Summer Hike @ Meadowbrook

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

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

Free