Shirley Heinze Land Trust will host its annual Appreciation Hike and Luncheon on Saturday, September 8, 2018, in Hobart, Indiana. Guided hikes will begin at 11:30 am, with the last hike leaving at noon. Participants should meet at the northwest entrance to Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve, which is located at the end of 40th Avenue, behind the Hobart Family YMCA. Please note, this is not the main entrance to the preserve, which is located on North Lake Avenue.
A complimentary luncheon will be served at 1:00 pm in the Hobart Community Center, located at 111 E. Old Ridge Road in Hobart. Guests will enjoy a taco bar, along with homemade salads and desserts, followed by a short program about the work of the organization. Also included will be the presentation of the “Bringing Nature Home” native landscaping recognitions for individual gardeners.
Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve is a 41-acre dedicated state nature preserve. The black-soil prairie found at Cressmoor is one of the rarest ecosystems in the state. It harbors at least ten state-listed species of plants and five threatened species of remnant-dependent insects. The preserve is at its most impressive from late summer to early fall when prairie grasses are high and the diversity of wildflowers and butterflies is at its peak.
Anyone interested in learning more about Shirley Heinze Land Trust is welcome. RSVPs are requested no later than Friday, August 31, to Bonnie Hawksworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the 219-242-8558. An online RSVP form is also available online at www.heinzetrust.org.
Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has protected, restored and maintained northwestern Indiana’s rich and significant natural communities, including tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune-and-swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, bogs, and riparian habitat. More than 2,400 acres in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph Counties have been preserved for the public’s benefit. Shirley Heinze nature preserves feature significant scenic and ecological value, and most are open to the public for hiking and enjoying nature. Five of its properties have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as state nature preserves. The organization also works to educate people of all ages to appreciate the importance of land conservation, and to experience the natural wonders of this unique region. Its work is accomplished through a partnership of volunteers, donors, and professionals.
To learn more about Shirley Heinze Land Trust and how to become involved, visit the website at www.heinzetrust.org or call (219) 242-8558.