Category Archives: Nature

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Celebrate the Indiana Dunes 1 Year Anniversary this Weekend! Nov 4th – 6th

Indiana Dunes is Celebrating the Anniversary of the formation and saving foundation of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park on Saturday, November 5th.  After a long struggle starting in 1917, with sacrifices and co-existing with industry and neighborhoods, the National Lakeshore took a solid step on Nov 5, 1966, with Senator Paul H. Douglas of…

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New Zoo Exhibit Planned for 2023 at Washington Park Zoo

The Washington Park Zoo began in 1925 when a retired animal trainer moved this pet brown bear named “Jake” to the Washington Park lakefront. In 1927 city manager Albert Coden , Wesley Kibby and Max Gloye with a special group created the Zoological Gardens. In 1928 the Zoo Board (Michigan City Zoological Society) was founded…

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Specatular Fall Colors Coming To NwIndiana

     The beautiful autumn colors will start illuminating Northwest Indiana very soon. Every autumn, as the days get shorter the leaves produce pigments that give them color. Trees produce spectacular displays of color as the green chlorophyll in their leaves dwindles. The red, purple, orange, yellow and brown shades reflect the great diversity and…

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Tallest Sand Dune In Indiana Discovered

As an Indiana Master Naturalist, scientist, inventor, historian, and photographer local resident Ron Seman has hiked the Indiana Dunes for over fifty (50) years.  He leads FREE adventures everyday of the year in all weather with individuals, veterans, active military, first responders, those in recovery via  school groups, organizations, Artistic Recovery and corporations for team…

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Festival de la Monarca – East Chicago Indiana

     Each fall as temperatures begin to drop in North America, iconic orange-and-black monarch butterflies fill the skies. They travel up to 100 miles per day as they make their way south, primarily to the oyamel fir forests of Michoacán, Mexico. Eastern monarchs travel 3,000 miles, connecting Canadian, U.S. and Mexican communities, inspiring us…

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Aukiki River Walk 2022

This unique, experiential and family friendly activity is meant to raise awareness about the significance of the Kankakee River marsh, garner new members and help raise funds for our Collier Lodge restoration.  The 3rd annual Aukiki River Walk is scheduled for April 30, 2022. This is a self-paced hike, and you are welcome to start…

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Hiking the Indiana Dunes with Ron Seman

  To find out more about Ron Seman’s Hiking Adventures Watch  Ron’s Youtube Video    Hear More About Hiking Indiana Dunes on this Youtube Video; Hikers and Naturalists Will LOVE this Video with Indiana Naturalist Ron Seman talking about his Hiking Adventures at the Indiana Dunes! Learn about the the 2022 BioBlitz iNaturalist FREE App for…

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Nature Walks With Shirley and Friends

Shirley Heinze Land Trust announces two April dates for their “Walks with Shirley and Friends” hikes where local experts in their field will lead informational walks around northwestern Indiana nature preserves. Group sizes are limited to 15 hikers, and tickets are available for $25 each. On Saturday, April 2nd, expert birder Matt Kalwasinski will lead…

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Maple Syrup Time at Deep River Park

Want the Maple Syrup Experience?      Join thousands of famlies this March 12th -13th & 19th – 20th, 2022 from 10 a.m.-4p.m. for this FREE program.      Maple syrup can only be produced in certain U.S. states and Canada and only at a certain time of the year.  Above freezing day temperatures and…

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Indiana Dunes Birding Festival 2022

Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 12-15, 2022 at the 8th Annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. The festival is a partnership with the region’s major environmental groups highlighting the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities to create a positive impact on the economic, conservation, and environmental education…

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