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September 2022

Volunteer! Seed Collecting in the Great Marsh

September 8 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beverly Shores Project Area Beverly Shores, IN United States + Google Map
Free

Calling all volunteers! Shirley Heinze is hosting a volunteer session to collect seeds at The Great Marsh located in Beverly Shores. The Great Marsh is a unique wetland habitat that helps purify water before it enters Lake Michigan, assisted in part by the specialized plants of the marsh. As part of our continuing restoration efforts to create a corridor of habitats for our native pollinators, we need your help in collecting seeds of several plant species. Join Dale Nichols, long-time…

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Festival de la Monarca Guided Hike

September 12 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Seider Dune and Swale Nature Preserve, 5501-5599 Kennedy Ave
Hammond, IN 46323 United States
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Free
Guided hike at Seidner Dune and Swale habitat in search for the orange-and-black Monarch butterfly. A native pollinator for native plants at this restoration preserve

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 on a butterfly hike partnering with The Nature Conservancy. Given that this guided hike starts at 4pm, this is a great time to observe nature's…

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Volunteer! Seed Collecting in the Great Marsh

September 16 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beverly Shores Project Area Beverly Shores, IN United States + Google Map
Free

Beverly Shores Great Marsh Seed Collection Calling on volunteers to grab a bucket and collect seeds from several plant types at Beverly Shores! By collecting seeds, we can continue our restoration efforts that creates a corridor of habitats for our native pollinators. This is also great opportunity to spend a few hours soaking up Vitamin D (nature's medicine). Drop-in on Friday, September 16th between 9am-noon. During this time, you'll get to experience The Great Marsh's unique wetland habitat that helps…

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Volunteer! Meadowbrook Mondays

September 19 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Free

Biodiversity in Peg's Native Garden: This photo of Biodiversity in Peg's Native Garden, was taken in 2014! Fast forward to 2022 and this garden is thriving with biodiversity! Over the years, many volunteers have spent their time in keeping this blossoming entrance well maintained. Drop-in on Meadowbrook Monday, September 19 (9am-noon) as we continue these efforts to transplant giant standing stalks and trim decaying wildflowers that are crowding the sidewalk! Our Volunteer Coordinator, Abigail, will provide all the necessary equipment…

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Volunteer! Seed Gathering in the Great Marsh

September 21 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Beverly Shores Project Area Beverly Shores, IN United States + Google Map
Free

Seed Gathering in the Great Marsh Calling on Beverly Shores volunteers to join our seed gathering event from several plant types at Beverly Shores Project Area! The purpose of seed gathering in the Great Marsh ties in with our restoration efforts that creates a corridor of habitats for our native pollinators. Which is the backyard of those who live in Beverly Shores! Plus this is also great opportunity to spend a few hours soaking up Vitamin D (nature's medicine). Drop-in…

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Nature in the Arts @ Meadowbrook

September 24 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385 United States
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Free
cyanotype leaf print with organization logos

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 a "walking journal," inspired by your findings on the trail.

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Lydick Bog Hike

September 25 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, 25898 US-20
South Bend, IN 46628 United States
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Free

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. This hike will have a limited attendance, so please RSVP to reserve your spot. Meet under the Lydick Bog pavilion Sunday, September 25 at 11am…

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Volunteer! Cleanup at Ivanhoe South

September 28 @ 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve, 750 Colfax St
Gary, IN 46406 United States
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trash removal at ivanhoe south nature preserve

Join the Gary community in cleaning our local nature preserve, Ivanhoe South. All supplies will be provided, and volunteers will receive a free sticker!

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Volunteer! Gathering Seeds

September 30 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Beverly Shores Project Area Beverly Shores, IN United States + Google Map
Free
The great marsh ecosystem at Beverly Shores

Beverly Shores Gathering Seeds Calling on Beverly Shores volunteers to assist with gathering seeds from several plant types at Beverly Shores Project Area! The purpose of seed gathering in the Great Marsh ties in with our restoration efforts that creates a corridor of habitats for our native pollinators. Which is the backyard of those who live in Beverly Shores! Plus this is also great opportunity to spend a few hours soaking up Vitamin D (nature's medicine). Drop-in on Friday, September…

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October 2022

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

October 1 @ 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve, 750 Colfax St
Gary, IN 46406 United States
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Free
dune and swale ecosystem

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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