Category Archives: Nature

Friendship Botanic Gardens Remains Open To Members Only

     During these uncertain times and caution of COVID-19, community members are still able to take advantage of the membership benefits at Friendship Botanic Gardens while still following the social distancing guidelines.       Being in nature is good for the mind, body and spirit. While there may be uncertainty in the world right…

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The Greenhouse of East Chicago

Visit East Chicago’s Greenhouse and step into one of the city’s hidden treasures.      Come and experience the tranquility and oxygen rich air that only the greenhouse can offer. Here you will find rooms filled with various tropical plants and fruit trees.  The greenhouse is open year round and admission is free.     …

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Things To Do in the Indiana Dunes

Go Camping      The National Park Service is proposing a reservation system for 11 picnic shelters and 34 campsites at Indiana Dunes National Park. A reservation system will allow visitors to plan their camping trips and picnics at the national park up to six months in advance.      Currently, all picnic shelters in the park…

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Great Backyard Bird Count

     The Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb 14th – 17th, 2020! This 23rd annual event is somewhat of a misnomer, since you can count birds wherever you spot them, not only in your backyard! This week look for several shared posts featuring the Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 14-17 no matter where you…

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Dunes Learning Center

     Dunes Learning Center at Camp Good Fellow in Indiana Dunes National Park has education programs to inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature.      Immersed in nature, Dunes Learning Center connects learners of all ages with the natural world through lessons in conservation and sustainability led by professional educators in an outdoor…

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Festival of the Owls Annual Event

     Do you love owls as much as we do? Join Humane Indiana Wildlife for a family-friendly day of wide-eyed, owl-themed fun at their Annual Festival of Owls event at the Porter County  4-H Building. Meet-and-greet our owl ambassadors, and be amazed as you learn about these majestic creatures during the many presentations from…

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Improvements to Soldiers Memorial Park & Stone Lake Planned

     The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department is preparing a master plan to make improvements to Soldiers Memorial Park. The first draft of the plan is available by clicking on the link below. The public may comment on the plan through August 15 by contacting Jon Ruble at Planned Environment Associates…

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Michigan City To Expand Singing Sands Trail

     The city of Michigan City is pleased to announce the construction of a nearly 2.2 mile multi-use trail at the eastern end of the Calumet Trail.      The trail project offers connectivity for both pedestrians and bicyclists at the north end of Michigan City. This area features Lake Michigan, Washington Park & Zoo and…

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Life & Times of Amphibians

Special guest and Indiana University professor Spencer Cortwright  brings to life amphibians of the dunes as he illustrates their life cycle, habitat, identification, mating, egg-laying, and their tribulations in his powerpoint presentation. Spencer Cortwright, Professor of Biology at Indiana University Northwest, presents a slide show:  LIFE AND TIMES OF MIDWESTERN AMPHIBIANS.   Professor Cortwright teaches ecology,…

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Spring Garden & Landscape Tips

     We have compiled a list of outdoor tips to get started on in the Spring, when the weather is not too hot for work and the sun is nice and bright. Some of these can be done early (Jan – Feb), and some can be done later on before summer hits (April –…

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