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Shirley Heinze tells 2019 education hike series

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Shirley Heinze Land Trust is inviting the public to explore the natural beauty of the Calumet Region and beyond in its annual series of educational hikes.

This yearís series includes four hikes at nature preserves across the region, including Trillium Ravine Nature Sanctuary in Berrien County, Michigan; Clark and Pine Nature Preserve in Lake County; Springfield Fen in LaPorte County; and Cowles Bog at Indiana Dunes National Park in Porter County.

The hikes:

•From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (ET) Saturday, May 4, botanist Scott Namestnik will lead a spring wildflower hike at Trillium Ravine, a 15-acre Michigan Nature Association preserve. The property is home to a diverse community of spring wildflowers, especially trilliums, as well as sedges, ferns, and many other native plants. This hike will take place on an established trail on level ground.

•From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CT) Saturday, June 22, Emily Stork, regional ecologist for the Indiana DNR Division of Nature Preserves, will lead a hike at Clark and Pine Nature Preserve, a property which is not open to the public. The preserve features dune and swale topography, one of Indiana's rarest habitat types. The site has no trails. Participants should be prepared to hike through vegetation and wet, uneven terrain. High waterproof boots are recommended.

•From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CT) Saturday, July 13, Derek Nimetz, regional ecologist for the Indiana DNR Division of Nature Preserves, will lead a hike at Springfield Fen Nature Preserve. The preserve protects an upland forest community and numerous wetland habitats, including a high-quality example of a calcareous wetland known as a prairie fen. It also harbors many rare plant and animal species. Participants should be prepared for uneven and muddy terrain.

•From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (CT) Saturday, Aug. 24, mycologist Dr. Greg Mueller will lead hikers to look for and identify mushrooms at Cowles Bog. Mueller is chief scientist and Negaunee Foundation Vice President for Science at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Group size is limited to 15, and advance registration and payment are required. There is a $25 fee per person for each hike.

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To register for the hikes, call (219) 242-8558 or e-mail Sarah Barnes at



Posted 2/28/2019




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