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What you didn’t know about the grass family

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 in Nature

By Bria Fleming During the holidays, we spend time with friends and family. This holiday season, why not spend some time with another family: grasses (family name Poaceae)? This is a great time of year to study grasses, since the weather has turned colder and the landscape has turned browner and there are no more … Continued

Coyotes are here

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 in Activities, Nature

Howling to the moon in the night, yelping to their peers in the distance…Evenings here at Kankakee Sands in Newton County, IN are often filled with a diverse group of sounds coming from our prairie restoration. The sound that catches my attention the most is the howl of the coyote! There are very few nights that … Continued

Purple on the Prairie

Posted on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 in Activities, Nature

By Alyssa Nyberg As the mornings grow chilly, I like to enjoy a warm cup of tea outside, admiring the sea of yellows, browns and tans which covers the prairie this time of year. From somewhere within the folds of the prairie slowly comes a wave of brilliant purple. It is the New England aster … Continued

Don’t miss Glow event at arboretum, history exhibit at museum

Posted on Friday, August 7th, 2015 in Activities, Art , Music, Theater, History, Nature, Shopping

There are two great events in late summer, early fall in Indiana Dunes Country: Taltree Arboretum’s GLOW: Art After Dark, and Westchester Township History Museum’s exhibit “Celebrating 125 Years of Chesterton High School.” GLOW: Art After Dark GLOW: Art after Dark is August 13 to 15, 2015. GLOW features three nights of visual artists, vendors, crafts … Continued

Fireflies: The night light show

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 in Nature

One of the most iconic insects found worldwide is the beautiful firefly. These bugs bring about fond memories of warm summer nights and running around attempting to catch them, but releasing them soon after of course! Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, they are in the family Lampyridae which contains over 2,000 species … Continued

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens & Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehab Center Present Wildlife & Nature Awareness Day

Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015 in Activities, Nature

  Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso, IN is hosting a Wildlife & Nature Awareness day with Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehab Center at Taltree from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST on Saturday, May 30, 2015. The event is free to the public. The event will include native and exotic animals, face painting, speakers, and … Continued

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