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A New Year’s Resolution

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 in Winter

  By Alyssa Nyberg My kids and I look at dead things. It’s true. They say you are supposed to “stop and smell the roses,” and we do that in the summertime. But there aren’t many roses in winter. So, we look at dead things. Today I was holding a limp and lifeless Short-eared Owl … Continued

Indiana Dunes Country: The perfect place to fish

Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 in Winter

           By Mike Ryan     My favorite fishing story is about the time I battled to bring in the remaining steelhead trout I needed to win a fishing tournament.   I kept getting a steelhead on the line, only to have the hook break off. Finally, on my sixth try, I … Continued

New video shows danger and beauty of Lake Michigan shelf ice; people can see it for themselves at events on Indiana Dunes State Park pavilion rooftop

Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 in Indiana Dunes, Nature, Winter

A group stands on the shore, a safe distance from the shelf ice. By Ken Kosky Shelf ice is a cold-weather phenomenon that occurs when cold temperatures freeze small areas of an open lake, forming float ice. This ice will build up over time and be pushed to shore by waves, eventually accumulating on top … Continued

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens snowman building competition now through March 2

Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 in Nature, Winter

  Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso is hosting a snowman building competition now through March 2, 2014. In order to participate, snowman entries must be built onsite at Taltree. Participants should take a picture and submit their entry via email to info@taltree.org with the following information: name, phone, snowman title, date built and Taltree location … Continued

Winter is a great time to visit our nature sites

Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 in Indiana Dunes, Nature, Winter

Shelf ice is a site to see along Lake Michigan. By Ken Kosky My favorite time along the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail is autumn. There’s nothing better than hiking through wooded trails that are bursting with color on a 65-degree day. But another beautiful time is right now, with a blanket of snow covering … Continued

Holiday Hike at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 in Nature, Winter

The December 17 installment of the  Calumet Outdoors Series is slated to take place at a Beyond the Beach site. Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve is 167 acres of an aesthetically stunning marriage of nature and culture, and is also a popular hiking, biking, fishing area in Northwest Indiana. If you’ve never been to Coffee Creek, this … Continued

Holiday Hike at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 in Nature, Winter

The December 17 installment of the  Calumet Outdoors Series is slated to take place at a Beyond the Beach site. Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve is 167 acres of an aesthetically stunning marriage of nature and culture, and is also a popular hiking, biking, fishing area in Northwest Indiana. If you’ve never been to Coffee Creek, this … Continued

Geocachers Find Cure for Winter Cabin Fever

Posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011 in Nature, Winter

“Winter is a disease”  — French playwright and poet Alfred De Moussett Now that the winter winds are howling, the snow is falling, and the thermometer is dropping, the beaches and dunes of Porter County are seeing far fewer visitors.   Many can identify with the quote above, but others find winter a delight.   One thing’s … Continued

Geocachers Find Cure for Winter Cabin Fever

Posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011 in Nature, Winter

“Winter is a disease”  — French playwright and poet Alfred De Moussett Now that the winter winds are howling, the snow is falling, and the thermometer is dropping, the beaches and dunes of Porter County are seeing far fewer visitors.   Many can identify with the quote above, but others find winter a delight.   One thing’s … Continued

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