Every year, the Active Living Faire at Wolf Lake on the first Saturday, in October and focuses on good health and fitness.
The event, sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI), is free to the public.
The Faire will be held at two locations. It begins at 9 a.m. at the Environmental Education Center, 2405 Calumet Avenue, Hammond.
The day begins with a tour of the Environmental Education Center. Along the way they will encounter several educational exhibits and a Farmers Market.
Stops will include a special exhibit on invasive species erected by Brigitte Moneymaker, Invasive Species Interpretive Ranger at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Other exhibits will focus on fish consumption and reptiles and amphibians at Wolf Lake.
Poster contest participants will be led on a nature walk. Upon their return to the Environmental Education Center, they will be ask to draw a poster of what they observed. Parents are invited to join the walk.
Nearby Wolf Lake beach area, Dr. Joan Crist of Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ) and coach of its rowing crew will give a brief demonstration at Wolf Lake’s beach area in Hammond. She will invite audience members to wade out and become familiar with the rowing shell.
This will be followed by the first of two fund-raising events. John Pastirik will lead the Family Tour of the Lakes Bike-a-Thon. Helmets are required.
A nature hike along Wolf Lake and Hikers are asked to bring binoculars.
In 2013 Choi released his final report of a two-year study of plants and wildlife found in the restored shoreline along Wolf Lake’s north channel.
The study compared findings with those of an earlier study in 2000 before the $6.9 million restoration. Choi conducted the study in partnership with AWLI and the city of Hammond.
Poster winners will be announced at 11:30 p.m.
After the 8K Walk – A- Thon at the William Powers State Fish and Wildlife Area participants will return to the Environmental Education Center at 3 p.m. for a concluding session. Outdoor activities will occur, weather permitting.
AWLI is a bi-state not-for-profit organization and land trust that seeks to protect and improve Wolf Lake and its natural surroundings.
Saturday Afternoon Session:
In the afternoon it will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. near Shelter 2, William Powers State Fish and Wildlife Area, 126th Place and Avenue O, Chicago. Afternoon activities start with the Wolf Lake 8K Walk-a-Thon at 2 p.m.. Pre-registration by calling AWLI in advance is required.
1:30 p.m. Registration and setup
2:00 p.m. Wolf Lake 8K Walk-a-Thon,
3:00 p.m. Return to Environmental Education Center for concluding session.
The Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative is a A not-for-profit organization and land trust, 219 933-7149 or 312 220-0120, http://www.wolflakeinitiative.org
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