Category Archives: Nature

Chautauqua in the Dunes

Chautauqua in the Dunes is four full days of events, August 16-19, 2018. Chautauqua will build on the cultural, historical, environmental, economic, political, and religious heritage found here in Northwest Indiana and throughout the Dunes region. Chautauquas were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century as accessible and participatory educational models. They were…

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Illiana Birds: Hammond Bird Sanctuary Workday

by Carolyn A. Marsh, Site Steward        The first Hammond Bird Sanctuary workday held July 21was a big success. The Orland Grassland Volunteers, Purdue University Hammond Bound students, a Hammond Port Authority crew and locals worked as a team to accomplish some much needed plant maintenance in the Lakefront Park and Sanctuary.       The effort…

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Moisture-Induced Diseases Infect Tomatoes, Blue Spruce

Spots on tomato leaves may be a sign that recent rains are doing more harm than good in your garden. According to Purdue Extension – Porter County, adequate moisture is necessary but with too much rain, and temperatures and humidity in the high 90s, homeowners have concerns about blight on tomatoes and their Colorado blue…

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Paderewski Statue Dedicated at Friendship Botanic Gardens

     A new bronze bust of Polish statesman, composer, and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski was welcomed into the Polish Garden during a dedication ceremony held May 20th at the Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City, Ind.      The project and event were sponsored by the Polish Heritage Association of Michigan City.        The original bust…

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Butterfly Monitoring Hike

Come join Stewardship Director, Eric Bird, on a hike through Meadowbrook Nature Preserve to monitor butterflies. Participants will learn the basics of field identification and how you can use your observation skills to be part of the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network and help collect important data about butterfly populations in our region of Indiana.  …

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Friendship Botanic Gardens Draws Thousands

Surprised by massive crowds on Easter Sunday 2018, Friendship Botanic Gardens was ready with 10,000 Easter Eggs! Held on Easter Sunday, 2018, it just happened to be the ONLY Public Easter Egg Hunt in Northwest Indiana. Friendship Botanic Gardens hosted a free Easter egg hunt in which families from across the region hunted for over…

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Gibson Woods Has Lots of Environmental Fun!

Tucked away in the heart of the industrial region of northwest Indiana is an island of nature with some very unusual features. This 131-acre parcel of virtually “undisturbed” land is known as Gibson Woods Nature Preserve . . . a Lake County Park. Gibson Woods is one of the last sizeable remnant of high quality…

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Protecting Your Garden from Cold Weather

Northwest Indiana has experienced an unusually cold Spring. Although Spring is here and gardeners everywhere are itching to get their vegetables planted and ensure their existing perennials bloom, but before you get ahead of yourself, make sure you are aware of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones and frost dates. USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: It’s essential to…

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How To Make Your Northwest Indiana Garden More Patriotic

by Cassie Steele Northwest Indiana is the perfect place to live if you have green fingers. From planned county garden walks to gardening events for children and families, there are lots of cool gardening events to check out – and there are also lots of wonderful native plants that you can grow in your garden. Indiana is…

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LaPorte County’s Garden Show

     La Porte County Master Gardeners Spring Garden Show will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Fun and informative day for the WHOLE family, to be held at Michigan City High School from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. CDT.      There will be children’s workshops, craft and food vendors, ​gift bags, raffles and prizes!  …

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