Saturday, August 15, 10am Eastern
Galien River Hike and Tick Awareness Workshop
Join us for a walk along the abandoned banks of Lake Potawatomi with views of the Galien River, floodplains and tributary ravines. After the hike (at around 11am) we will gather in a shady spot and sit around socially distanced work tables while Goldberry innkeeper Julie Haberichter teaches us how to make our own tick tubes. As we are working, Julie will talk about the realities of deer ticks and Lyme disease, the various methods of controlling tick populations, when to use tick tubes, how they work and where to set them. The workshop is wheelchair-friendly and open to the public, including those who don’t go on the hike. For the hike, wear long pants, hat, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. HCH hikes observe social distancing and the use of face masks is required.
Directions: 9902 Community Hall Road, Union Pier, MI. From Red Arrow Highway, head east on Community Hall Road for about 0.4 miles. Watch for the Goldberry Woods sign on the right. Follow the stone drive back to the orchard, where we will be parking.
Estimated Total Time (including workshop): 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 0.75 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, president, Harbor Country Hikers
Workshop Leader: Julie Haberichter, innkeeper, Goldberry Woods
HCH President to Lead Butterfly Hike
For New Buffalo Township Library
President Pat Fisher will lead a short, family-friendly walk at a Friends of the New Buffalo Library-sponsored event at New Buffalo Elementary School’s Nature Study Trails at 10am Eastern on Saturday August 8. The lifecycle and migration habits of monarch butterflies will be among the subjects covered. The hike includes a look at the school’s new prairie and a half-mile walk along the school’s trails. Children are especially welcome.
The school is located at 12291 Lubke Rd. in New Buffalo. There is some construction at the school and parking options may be affected. The group will meet inside the circle drive at the back of the parking lot (on the left as you face the school). Please observe social distancing for this event. Use of face masks is required.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we look forward to hiking with you.
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
Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve’s gardens and trails are open, but occupancy is limited and advance registration is required for both members and non-members. Fernwood is open 10am-5pm Tuesday through Saturday, and noon-5pm Sunday. To register, go the Fernwood’s website, ferwoodbotanical.org. Buildings are closed and activities are on hold.
Indiana Dunes National Park–most beaches and trails are open. For updates, visit nps.gov/indu.
Indiana Dunes State Park–call 219-926-1390 for information about park activities.
Chikaming Open Lands is running its annual #10Trail Challenge through the end of July. Those who hike 10 local trails can win prizes. Visit chikamingopenlands.org for details.