The public is invited to explore the beauty of the Calumet Region and beyond and support Shirley Heinze Land Trust in working to preserve natural lands in northwestern Indiana by attending its educational hikes. Attendees are treated to a wealth of knowledge from a variety of expert hike leaders, in groups of 15 or less, at a variety of outstanding nature preserves located across Northwest Indiana, Northeast Illinois and Southwest Michigan.
The 2019 educational hike series begins this month with a Winter Waterfowl Hike on Saturday, January 19th, from 9am until noon, at various locations in north Lake County. The hike will be led by Matt Kalwasinski, who birds extensively in Northwest Indiana and has led birding trips for the Indiana Audubon Society and Shirley Heinze Land Trust.
Participants will visit a number of locations in Whiting, East Chicago, and Hammond, including Whiting Park, Whihala Beach, Jeorse Park, East Chicago Marina, and the Grand Calumet River, to look for ducks and other overwintering birds. Directions will be provided to registrants, and attendees will drive themselves or carpool to each site.
Group size is limited to 15, and advance registration and payment is required. There is a $25 fee per person for each hike. For full details about the hike program, and to register for this hike, please visit Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s website at www.heinzetrust.org/hike-program.html . You may also register by calling the office at 219-242-8558.
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.
For more information on the work and nature preserves of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, visit www.heinzetrust.org, call (219) 242-8558, or access its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/heinzetrust.