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NWI Symphony Orchestra coming to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Friday nights in August

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Events, News, Taltree Arboretum

  Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso, IN welcomes the Northwest Indiana Symphony three Friday nights in August. Each night will feature a different musical ensemble. The concert schedule is as follows: ·         August 8 – The string ensemble will play nature-inspired classical music, including selections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. ·         August 22 – A brass quintet … Continued

The Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Kankakee Sands, Nature, Prairie, Restoration

By Maureen Schwer Keep your eyes open and don’t miss the only cactus found in Indiana! When thinking of Indiana, cacti do not pop directly to mind, right?  Interestingly, there is one cactus that does grow here, the eastern prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa).  This particular cactus is native to the lower 48 states of … Continued

Speaking a Different Language

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 in Kankakee Sands, Nature, Prairie, Restoration

By Bria Fleming  “Stand up straight—you’re missing all the good sunlight!” “Here, try a little of my nitrogen—it’ll help you grow.” “Hey, has anybody had any luck getting rid of these lady beetles?”   If plants could talk, they might be overheard making comments like that. But that’s silly—plants can’t talk. They just sit there, … Continued

A Musical Walk Through the Civil War

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, History, News

Travel back to the genteel days of hoops and honor when South Bend residents Hawk and Jill Van Lew present A Musical Walk Through the Civil War on Saturday, August 2, at 2 p.m.  The program will take place at the Westchester Township History Museum, 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton. Attendance is free of charge; … Continued

Up for a new fitness challenge along Lake Michigan’s Southern Shore?

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, Nature, News

Are you ready for a run or hike that will leave your legs screaming, sweat pouring down your face and your mind telling you that you should turn back? If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you. To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must tackle a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana … Continued

Beaches, Indiana Dunes and so much more

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes

Are you interested in seeing a bog where you can traverse floating boardwalks to literally walk on water and see insect-eating plants and rare orchids? Do you want to visit a bison farm where you can get within inches of the massive animals? Are you up for hiking one of the most amazing dune trails … Continued

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens celebrates summer with Picnic en Blanc on June 28

Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Taltree Arboretum

Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum and Gardens is celebrating summer with an elegant outdoor affair on Saturday, June 28. Guests adorned in white apparel will be treated to an evening of surprises, tours, raffles, dancing and more. Guests are required to dress from head-to-toe in white and are encouraged to be creative. Guests should bring a white-themed … Continued

A taste for the exotic

Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Kankakee Sands, Nature, Recreation

By Bria Fleming  Here at Kankakee Sands, we love plants. We love white wild indigo, compass plant and butterfly weed, just to name a few. We spend most of our waking hours nurturing these plants and providing them with suitable habitat. There are a handful of plants at Kankakee Sands, however, that are not so lovable. … Continued

See birds and flowers during free hikes

Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Kankakee Sands, Nature, Recreation

The Nature Conservancy will be hosting the 3rd Annual Flowers and Feathers Program at Kankakee Sands. on Thursday, May 1 and Saturday, May 17, 2014. There will be easy walks along the edges of the prairie and wetlands of Newton County, viewing such birds as the Henslow’s sparrow, Blue grosbeak and the Upland sandpiper.  Bring … Continued

Conrad Station’s Loudest Citizen—the Red-headed Woodpecker

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Kankakee Sands, Nature, Recreation

Photo by Matt Williams, The Nature Conservancy in Indiana. By Alyssa Nyberg Conrad Station Savanna in Northwest Indiana, once filled with the of screeching New York Central Railroad cars and the snorts of Jennie M. Conrad’s Spotted Poland-China hogs, is noisy again with the sound of the Red-headed Woodpeckers (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) drumming on the oaks … Continued

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