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New Year’s Day Hike @ Lydick Bog

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

Photo by Mark Blassage Start off 2023 right by hiking with Shirley Heinze Land Trust! Local ecologist Steve Sass will lead you through the winter wonderland of Lydick Bog. Winter is a beautiful time of year to explore the bog: fallen leaves and fresh snow can highlight the basin of the bog, and birds can …

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Free

Winter Tree ID Hike #1

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

You might be able to tell an oak leaf from a maple, but how do you identify a tree without their leaves? Learn how to identify trees just by their buds, branching, and bark! Please sign up or watch the Winter Tree ID Webinar prior to attending the in-person hikes.

Free

Winter Tree ID Hike #2

Barker Woods 444 Barker Rd., Michigan City, IN, United States

You might be able to tell an oak leaf from a maple, but how do you identify a tree without their leaves? Learn how to identify trees just by their buds, branching, and bark! Please sign up or watch the Winter Tree ID Webinar prior to attending the in-person hikes.

Free

Winter Tree ID Hike #3

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

You might be able to tell an oak leaf from a maple, but how do you identify a tree without their leaves? Learn how to identify trees just by their buds, branching, and bark! Please sign up or watch the Winter Tree ID Webinar prior to attending the in-person hikes.

Free

Winter Tree ID Hike #4

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

You might be able to tell an oak leaf from a maple, but how do you identify a tree without their leaves? Learn how to identify trees just by their buds, branching, and bark! Please sign up or watch the Winter Tree ID Webinar prior to attending the in-person hikes.

Free

Winter Tree ID Hike #5

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

You might be able to tell an oak leaf from a maple, but how do you identify a tree without their leaves? Learn how to identify trees just by their buds, branching, and bark! Please sign up or watch the Winter Tree ID Webinar prior to attending the in-person hikes.

Free

Community Hike @ Meadowbrook

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

Join us for a hike to learn about the history of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, the Valparaiso Moraine, and the restoration efforts of our stewardship crew. We will meet under the pavilion at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, just north of the parking lot. Our Programs Coordinator, Mari Patis, will lead you through the many trails that …

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Free

Great Lydick Bird Count

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

Join us in gathering important information about bird populations with South Bend Elkhart Audubon. Birding is easy as 1, 2, 3!

Free

Pi Day Hike

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

Take a lesson in geome-tree and celebrate Pi Day with a walk in nature!

Free

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