Thursday, October 25, 5-6pm Eastern time
New Buffalo Elementary School
12291 Lubke Rd., New Buffalo
Third-fifth graders from the New Buffalo Elementary School BASE (Bison After School Enrichment) program, with a little help from the Hikers, have been turning a portion of the nature trails behind the school into a haunted forest. Come see the bears in the bushes, the troll bridge, the giant spider in quicksand, the rainbow of death and more–all imagined and narrated by the BASE kids. Those up for a spooky hike are welcome to join in. The walk runs 5-6pm, and we’ll meet in the nature pavilion next to the woods behind the school.
Saturday, November 3, 10am Eastern time
Fall on the Marsh
Dune Ridge Trail, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
The Hikers will hike the Dune Ridge Trail and more. The Dune Ridge Trail offers great views of wetlands and forests south of a tall, forested dune. The different habitats you’ll see along the trail help make Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore one of the most botanically diverse of all the National Parks: With over 1,100 native plant species, the National Lakeshore ranks seventh in plant diversity out of more than 400 National Park areas. On the way to the trail, the drive down US12 to the parking lot is breathtaking when the maple-beech forest displays its fall colors. On the way back, take Beverly Drive and enjoy the rest of “fall on the marsh.” We’ll lead a caravan for those who want to take the scenic route home. The dune ridge is atop a moderate-size dune, but most of the trail is along dirt-covered, rolling sand ridges. Bring your cool weather jacket and camera. Birders: Don’t forget your binoculars.
Directions: East State Park Road, Beverly Shores, Ind. Beverly Shores is about 15 miles into Indiana on US12. From the Beverly Shores light on US12, continue west for another 1.5 miles to Old Kemil Road. Turn right onto E. State Park Road and continue north for 1 mile. The Kimel Beach parking lot will be on your right, and that is where we will meet.
Presentation Time: 5 minutes
Estimate Total Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, President, Harbor Country Hikers
(Other hiking- and nature-related activities in the community)
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
For more information, call 219-395-1882
Fridays, 5-6:30pm CDT and Sundays, 10-11:30am CDT and 2:30-4pm CDT
Ranger-Led Summit Hikes of Mount Baldy
Indiana Dunes State Park
For more information, call 219-926-1390