Celebrate Save the Dunes’ 60th Anniversary by Volunteering!

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) are two invasives that are taking over natural areas

In celebration of Save the Dunes’ 60th Anniversary, they will be hosting a volunteer workday on Saturday, May 19th, from 9AM to 2PM. They will be having Garlic Mustard Fest with a potluck lunch and nature hike at our Trail Creek Fen Nature Preserve in Michigan City. This is a family event, so kids are welcome to come out and help.

They will start off with a nature hike in the morning to learn about this unique nature preserve and all the restoration activities that Save the Dunes’ staff and volunteers have accomplished.
Then, they will help Save the Dunes’ staff with hand-pulling garlic mustard and dame’s rocket, which are two invasive species that have became a big problem with preserving this site. These two invasive species are biennials that were brought over from Europe and have been rapidly taken over natural areas and have spread throughout Northwest Indiana and other parts of the country.

Afterwards, they will have a potluck luncheon. Save the Dunes will provide the main dish and drinking water, and volunteers are welcome to bring a side dish, desserts, or other beverages.

If you’re planning on attending the volunteer workday, please contact Samantha Erdelac at sam@savedunes.org or call the office at 219-879-3564. Please let them know if you are also planning on bringing a food dish or drinks to the workday. See below for directions and a map of the site.

From I-94, take the US-421 Northbound (Michigan City) exit. Travel approximately 1 ¼ mile and turn right (heading east) onto US-20. Travel approximately 1 ½ mile on US-20, and then turn right (heading south) onto Johnson Road. Travel approximately ¼ mile and turn left where the “Save the Dunes Volunteer Workday” sign is located to park.

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