Upcoming Hikes and Other Events

Saturday, December 9, 10am
Customize Your Hiking Stick
New Buffalo Township Library

Enhance your hiking stick with a custom grip and an attachment that turns your stick into a monopod support for cameras and binoculars. The Hikers will supply materials and tools. Bring your own stick if you have one, or pick up an official Harbor Country Hikers stick at this program for just $10.

Wednesday, December 13, 7pm
Nature Study Trails and Meteor Shower
New Buffalo Elementary School


Located on New Buffalo Elementary School property, 12291 Lubke Rd., New Buffalo. From US12, turn south (away from the lake) onto S. Eagle St. Two blocks ahead, at the second stop sign, take a right onto W. Detroit St. Detroit St. changes to Lubke Rd. at the city/township line and curves to the left. Watch for the school on the right. We will assemble inside the circle drive at the back of the parking lot (left end of the school).

Join us for a night hike through a portion of the New Buffalo Area Schools’ (NBAS) Nature Study Trails and Chikaming Open Lands’ Turtle Creek Preserve. After the hike, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while learning about the Geminid Meteor Shower, which will be very close to its peak. The annual showers have seen upwards of 120 to 160 meteors per hour under optimal conditions. Dress for the weather and bring your flashlight. If you don’t have a red lens, we will supply red cellophane to wrap of the lens.

The NBAS Nature Study Trails has over 4 miles of trails and nearly 60 acres of forested dune and wetland habitats. The trails are maintained by students, staff and volunteers, and most of the structures have been added by local scouts earning their Eagle rank.

Hike Leaders: Stacey LaRocco, HCH Vice President and Chikaming Open Lands Project
          Coordinator, and Pat Fisher, HCH President
Estimated Presentation Time: 45 minutes
Estimated Hiking Time: 45 minutes
Hiking Distance: 1 mile
Physical Difficulty: Easy


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

Berrien County Parks 
Fall Hikes and Nature Events
Berrien Country Parks offers a series of weekday hikes at various county parks, as well
as weekend nature events. Visit for more information.

December 2, 10am-1pm
Volunteer Stewardship at Warren Dunes
Join the park staff for a morning of invasive black locust removal. Volunteers will help cut large black locust and treat stumps, with a view to preventing the locust from encroaching further into the natural landscape. No experience is necessary. For more information, contact Heidi Frei at

December 4, 6:30pm, New Buffalo Township Library
The Evolution of Local Ecosystems
What shaped our local landscape? Chikaming Open Lands’ Executive Director Ryan Postema takes us on a ride through Harbor Country, from the glaciers thousands of years ago through changes in lakes and rivers, ecological succession and species adaptation, Native American land use and European colonization, and the influence of climate change, to show how the local landscape has changed over the centuries–and where it may be heading.