Saturday, January 25, 1pm EST
(Originally scheduled for January 18)
The Postglacial History of Robinson Woods
Robinson Woods Preserve
Three Oaks, Mich.


Join the Hikers on a quiet, peaceful winter hike through Robinson Woods Preserve as we see and learn how the forces of nature have shaped this wonderful place. Deep ravines and hidden sand dunes are just a few of the natural features that lie hidden in these woods. Besides, what’s more relaxing than a quite hike in the woods? Wear sturdy, insulated boots and your cold-weather gear, and bring water.

Directions: 8016 East Rd., Three Oaks, Mich. From Red Arrow Highway, turn east onto East Road. Drive about a mile and look for the preserve entrance on the left.
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, president, Harbor Country Hikers


Tuesday, February 25
The Health Benefits of Hiking
6pm EST in the Pokagon Room
New Buffalo Township Library


We all know walking is good for us, but hiking in natural areas brings its own, special benefits. Learn about the good things that can happen, physically and mentally, when you hike through the dunes, wetlands, forests and prairies of Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana.

Presenter: Dr. Maggie Bailey, Family Practice




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 As always, we look forward to hiking with you.

About Dogs…

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 nature-related activities in the community

Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve (all times eastern)
Go to for more information

Saturday, February 8, 1-2pm
Plant Women
Fernwood Executive Director Carol Line presents a program recognizing women who have advanced plant science.

Saturday, February 22
Edible Horticulture

Sunday, March 22, 2pm
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World
Andrea Wulf, author
Best-selling author Andrea Wulf tells the story of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), scientist and explorer.

Last Sunday of the Month, 12:30pm
Wild Ones Meeting

Join Fernwood chapter of the Wild Ones and get involved in restoring native plants, natural landscapes and pollinators to your own back yard and community.

Indiana Dunes National Park (all times central)
Call 219-395-1882 for more information

Every Saturday until February 29, 1-3pm CST
Snowshoe Hike
Meet at the Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Chesterton, IN

Every Sunday until March 1, 1:30-3:30 CST
Miller Woods Hike
Meet at the Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake St., Gary, IN

March 7 & 14, 10am-4pm CST
Maple Sugar Time
Chellberg Farm, 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Chesteron, IN

March 21, 9-11am CST
Birding with the Indiana Audubon Society
Meet at the Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Chesterton, IN