Saturday, July 14, Noon EDT
Robinson Woods Preserve
Blazing Harbor Country

robinson woods

In earlier times, Native Americans lashed the limbs of maple saplings or bent the entire sapling and tied it in place to mark a trail, thus leaving a sign for others. Just as the Native Americans and voyageurs used signs to find their way through difficult areas, today’s trail users rely on signs and symbols to find their way and to understand the area better. Harbor Country Hikers has developed a trail signage standard to be used in and around Harbor Country. The goal: after learning how to navigate one trail, you’ll be able and willing to hike them all.

Robinson Woods Preserve was chosen as a beta test site and the tools and materials should be here, so the Chikaming Open Lands Stewardship Committee will be busy installing signs and markers on their July 14 workday. If you would like to lend a hand, you are welcome to stop by at 10am and help us blaze away.

Join Ryan Postema, Executive Director of Chikaming Open Lands, as he leads the Hikers through his organization’s premier trail system. Ryan and HCH President Pat Fisher will be explaining how to use the new trail markers as we give them a try.

Directions: 8016 East Rd., Three Oaks, MI. From Red Arrow Highway, head east on East Road for one mile. Robinson Woods Preserve parking lot is on the north (left) side of the road before you get to the I94 overpass.
Estimated Presentation Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Hiking Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.75 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Ryan Postema, Chikaming Open Lands


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

Fri., June 22, 9:30am EDT
Birds of the Marsh

Love Creek Naturalist Kip Miller will lead kayakers through the Sima Marsh (New Buffalo) for a close-up look at local birds. Cost is $40 per kayak. For information, contact Chikaming Open Lands at 269-405-1006 or visit

Sat., June 23, 9:30pm EDT
Summer Night Hike

Look for owls, bats and fireflies during this night hike at Fernwood. Cost is $12 for non-members, $10 for members. For information, visit

June 24, 2pm CDT
Bug Safari

Explore invertebrate life at Friendship Botanical Gardens (Michigan City). See

June 27, 11am EDT
Munchin’ on the Preserve: Benefits of Composting

Learn how and why to compost at Chikaming Township Park and Preserve. Sponsored by Chikaming Open Lands, 269-405-1006 or

July 11, 7pm EDT
Death by Design

Special screening of this documentary about “the dirty secret of our digital addiction” at the Vickers Theater in Three Oaks. Co-sponsored by Chikaming Open Lands and Fernwood Botanical Gardens.

July 29, 2pm CDT
Butterfly Bonanza

Follow the development of these wonderful creatures in all stages of their development at Friendship Gardens in Michigan City. See for more information.

Shirley Hines Events

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.