Saturday, August 25, 10am EDT
Chikaming Township Park and Preserve
Ecosystems and Biodiversity


Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms on earth–the different plants, animals and micro-organisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part. An ecosystem is a community made up of living organisms and non-living components, such as air, water and mineral soil. 

Chikaming Township Park and Preserve is noted for its diverse natural features, including woods and ravines, the Galien River floodplain, a planted tallgrass prairie, a small lake and a reforestation project. It is a perfect place to view a variety of ecosystems.

The public is welcome to join the Harbor Country Hikers on their latest adventure as we learn about ecosystems, biodiversity and how wetlands have a positive impact on water quality. Dress appropriately. Bring drinking water, bug repellent and head covering.

Directions: From Red Arrow Highway, head east on Warren Woods Road for 1.4 miles. The park and preserve is on the south (right) side of Warren Woods Road, just east of the I94 overpass. We will gather in the first parking lot near the entrance.
Estimated Presentation Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 2.5 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leaders: Stacey LaRocco, vice president, and Pat Fisher, president, Harbor Country Hikers.


Saturday, September 15
10:30am EDT: Film on Ecological Succession
1pm EDT: Hike at Cowles Bog


Spend a few hours or most of the day with the Harbor Country Hikers as we learn about how the movement to preserve Lake Michigan’s dunes began and then hike some of the same terrain. We start with an hour-long film at 10:30am EDT in the Pokagon Room of the New Buffalo Township Library. Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability “tells the story of how one region, where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks, sparked a movement for a national park, a movement which eventually led to game-changing environmental policies with worldwide impact and unique partnerships on the path to a more sustainable world.”

After the film, we’ll regroup at 1pm EDT at Cowles Bog in Dune Acres, Ind. to hike the same ground and ecosystems Henry Chandler Cowles studied in the late 1800s. His ecological succession paper has been studied by botanists ever since. As usual, everyone is invited to join the fun. Bring drinking water, bug spray and a head covering.

Directions: The New Buffalo Township Library is located at 33 N. Thompson St. in New Buffalo. Cowles Bog is approximately a half hour away from the library at 1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd. in Dune Acres, IN. Take US12 west past Indiana Highway 49. Turn north (towards the lake) onto Mineral Springs Rd. The parking lot will be on your left.
Presentation Time for the Film: 1 hour
Estimated Presentation Time at Cowles Bog: 14 minutes
Estimated Total Time at Cowles Bog: 2-3 hours
Hiking Distance: 3.5 or 4.5 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult, depending on whether you take the shorter or longer route.
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, HCH President



(Other hiking- and nature-related activities in the community)


Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
For more information, call 219-395-1882

Saturdays Through September 1, 9-10:30am
Beginning Birding from 9-10:30am, Great Marsh Trail

Saturdays Through September 8, noon-3pm
Pinhook Bog Open House, 700 N. Wozniak Rd., Michigan City

Indiana Dunes State Park
For more information, call 219-926-1390