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Festival de la Monarca Guided Hike

Seidner Dune and Swale Nature Preserve 5501-5599 Kennedy Ave, Hammond, IN, United States

Join Shirley Heinze and The Nature Conservancy on a guided monarch butterfly hike lead by Mari Patis. Each fall as temperatures begin to drop in North America, fill the skies. Monarchs travel their way south to the oyamel fir forests of Michoacán, Mexico at 100 miles per day. We welcome all ages to accompany us …

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Lydick Bog Hike

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

Experience one of the rarest habitats in the world at Lydick Bog! Join local ecologist Steve Sass for a 90-minute trip to explore the history, geology, and ecology of the 178-acre property. The hike will culminate on the new boardwalk trail, where we’ll see tamaracks and other bog plants suspended in the sphagnum moss mat. …

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Birding – October Big Day @ Ambler Flatwoods

Ambler Flatwoods 8364 Meer Road, Michigan City, IN, United States

October "Big" Day is one of the biggest birding events of the year. Join interpretive guide Cookie Ferguson on an educational and inspirational birding hike through Ambler Flatwoods. Registration is required.

Community Hike @ Meadowbrook

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

Learn all about the Valparaiso Moraine, our connection to the Lake Michigan Watershed, and the changing of the seasons on Saturday, November 19 starting at 10am. 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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Community Hike @ Meadowbrook

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

Explore Meadowbrook Nature Preserve and its many habitat types. Learn about the history of the Valparaiso Moraine and our conservation efforts at Shirley Heinze.

Free

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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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