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New Pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, South Bend

News / By Barb Labus

     Shirley Heinze Land Trust announces the completion of a new multipurpose pavilion at Lydick Bog Nature Preserve, located at 25898 US 20, in South Bend, Indiana. The 56’ x 26’ open-air structure features a steel roof and a concrete floor. It will be used for various programming activities and will be available as a picnic shelter for preserve visitors. Funding for the project came from the St. Joseph County Council’s Tourism Enhancement and Amplify Momentum Grant Program. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be planned in 2021.

     “This pavilion is a significant milestone for the organization,” says Executive Director Kristopher Krouse. “It’s not only a first major step in advancing our public access master plan for Lydick Bog, it’s also a testament to Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s commitment to making the natural areas we preserve more of a community resource for all to enjoy. This is one of a number of ADA-accessible amenities we have planned for this property, including a boardwalk, restrooms, parking lot, trails, and signage.”

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Endangered Species Found In Cedar Lake Indiana

On July 2nd, 2020 Humane Indiana Wildlife received a call about two young chicks found in a window well in Cedar Lake, IN. Upon further communication with the two teens who found the chicks, it was determined the chicks were actually Virginia Rails, an endangered species in the state of Indiana. “When the finder Continue Reading 

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Items You Didn’t Know You Should Recycle

Items You Didn’t Know You Should Recycle

We all want to help out our planet and we all know it needs to be done. In addition to using your car less, turning your lights off, and reusing plastic, there are plenty of things that we know to recycle rather than waste in a garbage can. Anything we can do to keep landfills from filling up will help in the long run. Here a few items you didn’t know you should recycle that you can keep an eye out for in the future. Continue Reading

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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.     … Continue Reading →
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A new wetland observation deck at Sunset Hill Farm County Park is ready for visitors. Located on the northeast side of the pond, the viewing platform provides access for birdwatching and observing wetland wildlife. It will also serve as a place to provide educational programming about wetland plants and animals, which has become a popular… Continue Reading →

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Hammond Bird Sanctuary

by Carolyn A. Marsh, Site Steward     The Hammond Lakefront Park & Bird Sanctuary, a 600-meter wooded strip of Lakefront fill, lies within a kilometer of the Illinois line on Lake Michigan. A virtual oasis of vegetation within a vast urban sprawl, this site, once well-known simply as “The Migrant Trap,” is flanked to… Continue Reading →

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Friendship Botanic Gardens – Michigan City

     Friendship Botanic Gardens has undergone a spectacular revitalization in recent years, with the addition of countless new garden plots and a growing roster of public events and programming designed to reintroduce the world to the magic of the Gardens.     Friendship Botanic Gardens is a historic 105 acre garden park tucked in… Continue Reading →



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