Upcoming Hikes and Other Events


Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10am
Grand Mere–Borne of the Wind


Located on Thornton Drive in Stevensville. Exit I94 at Exit 22 and head east on John Beers Road. You will immediately come to the intersection of John Beers Road and Thornton Road. Turn left (south) on Thornton and drive 1/2 mile to the park entrance.

With nearly 1,000 acres of beautiful, undeveloped woods, dunes and beach, Grand Mere has been designated a National Wild Landscape. Learn about the natural history of the Grand Mere Embayment from Harbor Country Hikers President Pat Fisher. Among the topics he’ll cover: dune formation and succession, kettle lakes and some very special wetlands.

We will have two hikes available. The first section is a paved, half-mile-long path. You can return the same way you came–no chance of getting lost. For those who wish to continue, the trail gets much more strenuous. And, if you choose to reach the beach there is some dune climbing involve. You can see the lake without the climb, however.

Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, President, Harbor Country Hikers
Estimated Presentation Time: 10-15 minutes
Estimated Hiking Time: Two hours
Estimated Hiking Distance: One mile of paved path (there and back); add another 1/2 mile to view Lake Michigan
Physical Difficulty: Easy (paved path only) or moderate (paved path and trail to lake)

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 1pm Galien
River County Park–Boardwalks, Birds and Such

galien river county park

Located at 17424 Red Arrow Highway in New Buffalo. Turn into the parking lot at the park entrance on the west side of the highway, across the street from the New Buffalo Township Hall.

Join us for a fall exploration of Galien River County Park in New Buffalo Township. Berrien County Parks Naturalist Kip Miller will guide us on the park’s trails, boardwalks and along the treetop canopy walkway. We hope to enjoy some great views and fall colors, and will keep an eye out for migrant birds that use the park’s wetland and woodland habitats to rest and refuel. Bring binoculars.

Hike Leader: Kip Miller, Naturalist, Berrien County Parks and Pat Fisher, President, HCH
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Hiking Time: 1-1/2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1 mile
Physical Difficulty: Moderate (stairs and primitive paths)



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

Invasive Species ID Workshop
September 28, Chikaming Open Lands

Chikaming Open Lands hosts a workshop on invasive species at its headquarters, 12291 Red Arrow Highway, Sawyer, MI at 6pm on September 28. The workshop is meant to train professionals and land managers to recognize and report invasive species.

Michigan Trees
October 8, 2pm, Sarrett Nature Center

Learn how to identify some of the native trees of Michigan. Cost is $2 plus admission. Call 927-4832 for information.