Saturday, February 22, 1pm EST
Winter Botany
Lydick Bog Nature Preserve
South Bend, Ind.

lydick bog

Learn how to identify trees and shrubs in the winter, when the lack of leaves, fruit and flowers make them least identifiable. Lydick Bog is a 178-acre property located just west of South Bend at the northern edge of North Chain Lake. The preserve contains a variety of habitat types, including wetlands interspersed with high ridges and islands of upland forest. Many interesting plant species characteristic of bog habitats have been identified at the site, with the preserved area protecting about half of one of the last remaining bogs in Indiana. Lydick Bog is a dedicated Indiana State Nature Preserve. Bring water; wear winter clothing and boots.

Directions: Lydick Bog is located at 25898 US Highway 20 in South Bend. From the east, take the South Bend Bypass/US31 to US20. Go west on US20 approximately one mile. From the west, take US20 east. The entrance is about a half mile past Quince Road.
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.4 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate (hilly)
Hike Leader: Doug Botka, Stewardship Technician, Shirley Heinze Land Trust and Resource Management Technician, Indiana Dunes State Park


Tuesday, February 25
The Health Benefits of Hiking
6pm EST in the Pokagon Room
New Buffalo Township Library


We all know walking is good for us, but hiking in natural areas brings its own, special benefits. Learn about the good things that can happen, physically and mentally, when you hike through the dunes, wetlands, forests and prairies of Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana. The New Buffalo Township Library is located at 33 N. Thompson St. in New Buffalo.

Presenter: Dr. Maggie Bailey, Family Practice




The Hikers will hold occasional Flash Hikes evenings, while it’s still light out, and weekends when there are no scheduled HCH events. These hikes will have no theme, no leader–just a walk in the woods with like-minded people.

The only notification of Flash Hikes will be by email to our list of members and others who’ve signed up for email notices of Hiker activities, and the emails announcing the Flash Hikes will go out two or three days beforehand. If you’re not on our email list and would like to be, send your address to As always, we look forward to hiking with you.

About Dogs…

Harbor Country Hikers welcomes dogs on our hikes, as long as they’re well-behaved and on leashes. Those who manage some of the trails we hike may feel otherwise, however, and they have the final word. Check with them before you bring the pooch. Chikaming Open Lands allows dogs in its preserves, as do the state parks. Chikaming Township Parks allow dogs. Berrien County Parks do not, nor do the New Buffalo Schools Nature Study Trails. Fernwood generally doesn’t, either, except on special occasions. The Dunes National Park generally allows dogs.



Other hiking- and nature-related activities in the community

Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve (all times eastern)
Go to for more information

Saturday, February 8, 1-2pm
Plant Women
Fernwood Executive Director Carol Line presents a program recognizing women who have advanced plant science.

Saturday, February 15, 10am-4pm
Great Backyard Bird Count
An annual event to engage people from around the world in citizen-science.

Saturday, February 22
Edible Horticulture

Saturday, March 21, 2-4pm
Inviting Bluebirds to Your Backyard

Sunday, March 22, 2pm
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
Andrea Wulf, author
Best-selling author Andrea Wulf tells the story of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), scientist and explorer.

Saturday, March 28, 7:30-10pm
The Impact of Light Pollution

Last Sunday of the Month, 12:30pm
Wild Ones Meeting

Join Fernwood chapter of the Wild Ones and get involved in restoring native plants, natural landscapes and pollinators to your own back yard and community.

Indiana Dunes National Park (all times central)
Call 219-395-1882 for more information

Every Saturday until February 29, 1-3pm CST
Snowshoe Hike
Meet at the Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Chesterton, IN

Every Sunday until March 1, 1:30-3:30 CST
Miller Woods Hike
Meet at the Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake St., Gary, IN

March 7 & 14, 10am-4pm CST
Maple Sugar Time
Chellberg Farm, 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Chesteron, IN

March 21, 9-11am CST
Birding with the Indiana Audubon Society
Meet at the Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Chesterton, IN