Thursday, April 26, 4:45pm EDT
‘One Tree Planted’ in Celebration of Arbor Day
New Buffalo Elementary School Nature Trails & Turtle Creek Preserve


Harbor Country Hikers is teaming up with C&A Arborists to plant a tree and take a nature hike in celebration of National Arbor Day on Thursday, April 26 at 4:45pm.  Christian Siewert, C&A owner and certified arborist, will discuss the importance of matching trees to the surrounding environment, and an oak tree donated by C&A will be planted on school grounds, with assistance from students. Siewert and BASE Director Mrs. Brown will then lead hikers through the forested trails behind the school and through Chikaming Open Lands’ Turtle Creek Preserve. Siewert will be pointing out some of the interesting trees found along the trail.

We will be sharing this hike with a group of New Buffalo students, making this event even more special. HCH and the New Buffalo Elementary School BASE program recently joined forces to get students onto the trails. The program provides casual exposure to nature and promotes trail safety and etiquette.

Directions: 12291 Lubke Rd., New Buffalo, MI. From US12, turn south (away from the lake) onto S. Eagle St. Three 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. The school entrance is on the right. We will assemble inside the circle drive at the back of the parking lot (left end of the school).
Estimated Planting/Presentation Time: 45 minutes
Estimated Hiking Time: 1.5 hours
Hiking Distance: 1 mile


Saturday, May 12, 10am EDT
A Spring Flower Walk with Peg Kohring
Warren Dunes State Park Research Natural Area


The Hikers will join Peg Kohring, a botanist and land conservationist with The Conservation Fund, for a walk that starts at the Warren Dunes State Park Research Natural Area, where we will discuss sand dune succession. The rich, lowland forest is filled with chorus frogs and marsh marigolds. Next stop will be the beech-maple-hemlock forest of the back dune for a look at spring ephemeral flowers in bloom. Then, we will hike up and over a steep dune to visit a dune panne, a fascinating coastal ecosystem many walk past without appreciating its rarity. At each stop, we will consider the dynamic nature of the sand dunes, particularly in the current high water cycle of Lake Michigan. This hike will be special, so try not to miss it. Be prepared for puddles on the trail and bugs in the air.

Directions: From northbound Red Arrow Highway, pass the Warren Dunes State Park entrance and take the next left onto Floral Lane. Park in the first lot on the right (group camping). You will need to stop for a day permit if you do not have a seasonal pass.
Estimated Presentation Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Hiking Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Hike Leader: Peg Kohring, The Conservation Fund


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

Sat., May 5, 9am
Six Essential Steps for Planning Your Next
Ecological Restoration Project

Aimed at property managers, landscape architects, homeowners and others, this free seminar features landscape architect, ecologist and author Jack Pizzo and covers permits, invasive species, using native plants, sustainable landscaping and more. Presented at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks. Register at

Sun., June 3, 2-4pm
Reptile Romp

Learn about the roles reptiles play in ecosystems through hands-on science activities throughout the pristine natural habitats of Friendship Botanic Gardens. Call 219-878-9885 for information.

Tues., June 5, 6:30-8pm
Backyard Birds

Everyone has birds in their backyards, but what do you really know about them? Fernwood Naturalist Wendy Jones provides an overview of Michiana’s backyard birds that helps you enjoy their every visit. Presentation at the New Buffalo Township Library. Email or phone 269-469-2933 for more information.

Shirley Heinz Land Trust Coming Events

Sat., June 2, 7:30-10:30pm (central time): Birding Hike, Nature Conservancy’s Efroymson Restoration, Kankakee Sands near Morocco, IN.
Sat., June 16, 9am-noon (central time): Rare plants and insects at Suman Fen. Leader is Derek Nimitz, Indiana Division Nature Preserves regional ecologist.
Sat., June 30, 9am-noon (central time): Milkweeds and other native plants in midsummer bloom, Cressmore Prairie Nature Preserve. Leader is botanist Nathanael Pilla.
All events are limited to 15 people, and advance registration and payment are required. Cost is $25 per person. For more information visit or call 219-242-8558.