Sunday, March 7, 2pm Eastern
Early Bloomers
Robinson Woods Preserve
Three Oaks, Mich.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean all plants have gone to sleep. Enjoy a late winter hike with the Harbor Country Hikers at Robinson Woods Preserve and learn which woodland plants stay green throughout the winter, which are about to bloom and which are up next. Robinson Woods is an 80-acre forested nature preserve which consists of mature forest dominated by beech, maple, tulip poplar and oak. Seasonal streams and a county drain cross the property and eventually drain into bubbling Cherry Creek, whose steep and scenic ravine sits at the northern edge of the property. Dress in layers, wear a warm cap and sturdy boots and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. The Hikers observe social distancing guidelines and use of face masks is required. For more information about Robinson Woods, visit

Directions: Robinson Woods is located at 8016 East Road, Three Oaks, Mich. From Red Arrow Highway, turn east onto East Road. Watch for the preserve on the left, around one mile from the highway. GPS: 41.849753, -86.647147 (DD)
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, President, Harbor Country Hikers


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 Related Activities

Save Harbert Road Woods

This new group is sponsoring walks at a 14-acre property it hopes to purchase and preserve with the help of Chikaming Open Lands. To sign up for one of the walks, scheduled for February 20 and March 6, email the group at For more information about the group and its goals, check out the Blog page on this website.

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve–Fernwood is currently open to members and the general public. For information, visit its website,

Fernwood is sponsoring a virtual lectures series called “Meet the Greats” through April. The series, on gardens and botanical-related subjects, includes Andrea Wulf on The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, Saturday, March 20, 2-3pm; Michael S. Dosmann on The Regal Lily and How it Redeemed One of the World’s Most Famous Plant Explorers, Thursday, March 4, 7-8pm; Bill Noble on Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden, Thursday, April 1, 7-8pm; Piet Oudolf on Oudolf Garden Detroit: Belle Isle, Saturday, April 17, 12-1pm. See Fernwood’s website,, for more information and to register. All times are Eastern.

Indiana Dunes National Park–most beaches and trails are open. For updates, visit

Indiana Dunes State Park
Call 219-926-1390 for information about park activiti