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Naturepalooza Changes Name to Living With Lakes

      Naturepalooza, changes name to the Annual Living with Lakes seminar. The Annual Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday, June 24th, 2023 Rogers Lakewood Park, Free – bring a dish or dessert.
        This free all ages, outdoor nature experience will feature exhibitors, speakers, activities, displays, watersports, give-aways, demonstrations and more. The 21st Annual “Living with Lakes” Naturepalooza is slated to be better than ever! 

      Dive into learning about Porter County’s treasured Chain of Lakes, its flora, fauna, and surrounding watershed.  The Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group is back with a renewed focus on science, education, and the protection of our lakes.  

     Local environmental and conservation groups will be present, along with a series of engaging speakers, all set in a relaxed picnic atmosphere on the shore of Loomis Lake and lagoon.  

The event is free & open to the public.  

Event Schedule:

9 AM – Dr. Indra Frank will present on the topic of Indiana State Policies & Legislation which impact our lakes and wetlands.

9:50 – Climate Change, a World Perspective – Business Professor Dr. Elizabeth Gingerich will provide an update regarding climate change, her research, and efforts to reduce use of fossil fuels from our transportation, energy and food production.

10:40 – Wetland Ecology 101 – Aquatic ecologist Nathanael Pilla will present an academic overview on the functions of wetlands and our need to protect them.

11:30 – Where Have All The Bugs Gone? – Entomologist Dr. Kristi Bugajski will present an over-view of insect populations, causes and effects of their recent and dramatic decline, and impact on the food chain of fish, birds, humans.

11:45 – Sex in the Swamp  “Stormy” Nathanael Pilla will discuss the stages of successful reproduction of native and invasive aquatic flora while wading in the Hickory Grove Lagoon.

12: 35 – Lunch will be served with our speakers available for Q & A. Exhibitors will be invited to introduce themselves, their mission(s), recent environmental news and upcoming events.

1:00 PM – Scott Palla of Pheasants Forever will explain how to set-up and plan miniature pollinator habitat gardens

     For more information contact Walt Breitinger 219.462.5821.  http://www.valpolakes.org/, and Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group or Naturepalooza on facebook

      Rogers Lakewood Park, 3210 N. Campbell,  219-462-5821.

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.