Sunday, August 25, 1pm EDT
What Tree Is It?
Warren Dunes State Park

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Sure, trees all look alike at first, but once you start to see the subtle differences and learn how to read their body language, you’ll see them in a whole different light. Join arborist Christian Siewert as he shares his tricks for identifying many of our native species and addresses some of the common issues surrounding trees. Join the Hikers on one of Siewert’s favorite walks, Warren Dunes State Park. Note that these are the dog days of summer. We will be hiking on natural earth trails, maybe some sand, so wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent and plenty of water.

Directions: from Red Arrow Highway northbound, pass the Dunes State Park entrance and take the next left onto Floral Lane. Park in the first parking lot on the right. You will need to stop for a Michigan State Park day permit at the main entrance if you do not have a seasonal pass.
Estimated Presentation Time: 15 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: Approximately 2 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Christian Siewert, C&A Arborists. Siewert received arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture after starting C&A Arbortists in 1997. He studied at Merristwood College in Guildford, U.K. 


Saturday, September 7, 10am EDT
Stormwater Wetlands
Hoadley Nature Trail, Watkins Park

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Why visit a stormwater wetland? Why are wetlands an important part of wide-area drainage systems? Can proper drainage maintain the biodiversity of a wetland? Christopher Quattrin, Berrien County Drain Commissioner, will explain the benefits of using constructed wetlands vs. traditional methods of storm water management (and more) at the upcoming Harbor Country Hikers hike around Schwark Drain and through the Hoadley Nature Trails.

Directions: Nels Drive and Locust Street, Three Oaks, Mich. From US12, turn south onto Nels Drive. (Harding’s grocery store is on the corner.) Continue across Locust Street into the Watkins Park parking area.
Estimated Presentation Time: 20 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.15 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to easy
Hike Leaders: Christopher Quattrin, Berrien County drain commissioner, and Pat Fisher, president, Harbor Country Hikers




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.



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

Saturday, August 24, 10-11:30am EDT
Geocaching 101

Harbert Community Park, 13411 Red Arrow Highway, SAwyer, MI 49125

Saturday, September 28, 10am Central
Visit to Midewin Tallgrass Prairie, Joliet, Ill.

The Hikers are invited to join the Prairie Club Activities Group on a visit to Midewin Tallgrass Prairie in Joliet. A former military arsenal restored to prairie a number of years ago, Midewin currently features a heard of Bison. The group will meet at the visitor center (directions below), caravan to the Iron Bridge trailhead and walk to the bison observation point. (Disclaimer: the bison roam throughout the 1,200-acre prairie and aren’t always visible to visitors.) From the observation point, the group will hike the Henslow Trail for several miles. Directions: From I80, look for exit 132, State Route 53 and Chicago Street. At the end of the ramp, turn right (south). Continue on SR53 (aka Historic Route 66) for approximately 15 miles, past the race tracks, the town of Elwood and the Prairie Creek grain company. The visitor center will be on the left (east) side of the highway. Bring lunch, plenty of water, bug spray and sunscreen. Portions of the trail may be muddy.

Saturday, October 12, 3pm EDT
Nature Photography with Your Smart Phone

Photographer and artist George Kassal leads a hands-on workshop on using your smart phone for nature photography. Workshop participants will meet in the parking lot of the Galien River County Park, on Red Arrow Highway across from the New Buffalo Township Hall. Although Kassal will discuss iPhone photography primarily, many of the principles he will cover also apply to Android phones. Space is limited to 25 people, and you must register in advance at the front desk of the New Buffalo Township Library and leave a $10 deposit in order to attend. Your deposit will be refunded at the workshop. (Rain date: October 13, same time.)

Indiana Dunes National Park
Call 219-395-1882 for more information

Mount Baldy Summit Hike, 5-6:30pm CDT, Fridays through August 30

Pinhook Bog Open House, noon-3pm CDT, Saturdays through September 7

Bailly/Chellberg History Hike, 1-3pm CDT, Sundays through September 1

Miller Woods Hike, 1:30-3:30pm CDT, Sundays through November 24

Monday, October 7, 6pm
New Buffalo Township Library
Climate Change and Fishing in Lake Michigan

Climate change is having an impact on many aspects of our lives. And while the emphasis is often on rising waters and arable land, climate change is also affection recreation. Join Indiana Dunes National Park Superintendent Paul Labovitz as he takes a look at the future of sport fishing in Lake Michigan.