Events

Saturday, April 24, 10am Eastern
Gotta Love Spring@Love Creek
Love Creek Country Park
Berrien Center, Mich.

Harbor Country Hikers will venture on a spring hike with Derek Pelc, chief naturalist at Berrien County Parks. We will gather at the Nature Center and hike through what Derek considers the nicest wildflower hike in the park. Besides the Nature Center, the Park offers mountain bike, cross-country ski and fat-tire bike trails. The natural features of this park include around 200 acres of meadows, forests, marshes and creeks. Dress in long pants and wear a hat, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent, and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. The Hikers observe social distancing guidelines and the use of face masks is required.

Directions: Use your favorite map app or GPS and plug in 9292 Huckleberry Rd., Berrien Center, MI 49102 or the GPS coordinates as your destination. This place is in the middle of nowhere. GPS: 41.951336, -86.298057 (DD).
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 2+ miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Derek Pelc, Chief Naturalist, Berrien County Parks

FLASH HIKES

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 harborcountryhikers@gmail.com. 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 Related Activities

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve–Fernwood is currently open to members and the general public. For information, visit its website, fernwoodbotanical.org

Fernwood is sponsoring a virtual lectures series called “Meet the Greats” through April. Remaining lectures in the series, on gardens and botanical-related subjects, include Piet Oudolf on Oudolf Garden Detroit: Belle Isle, Saturday, April 17, 12-1pm. See Fernwood’s website, fernwoodbotanical.org, for more information and to register. All times are Eastern.

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 activiti
es.