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Public invited to A Victorian Christmas Party at Brown Mansion in Chesterton

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Events, History, Holiday

The Westchester Township History Museum will celebrate the holiday with its annual Christmas party, once again with a Victorian theme. The public is invited to join the festivities which will take place between 1:15 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, at the museum, located in the Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton. … Continued

Fondness for a Flower: Rattlesnake Master

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014 in Nature, Prairie

By Alyssa Nyberg November is the month to give thanks for things we are fond of…for friends, family and of course, for flowers! Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is a favorite flower of the prairies. It doesn’t just have a great name, it also attracts a wide variety of insects and songbirds. Additionally, rattlesnake master is … Continued

A ghoulish monster: the hybrid cattail

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Kankakee Sands, Nature

By Stuart Orr What plant do you picture when you think of wetlands? It’s likely that you picture cattails with their long green leaves and brown cylindrical flower spikes. Unfortunately, most of the cattails you see in wetlands and ditches today are an aggressive species that is rapidly choking out important habitat for native plants … Continued

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens introduces OAKtoberfest, a celebration of oak-aged brews

Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Culture, Events, Holiday, Nature, Taltree Arboretum

Valparaiso, IN – Tickets are now on sale for Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ first ever OAKtoberfest on Saturday, October 25. This outdoor event celebrates oak-aged brews in a beautiful fall setting. The menu is comprised of a variety of brews, hard ciders and appetizer-style food pairings provided by Chef David Wodrich from Third Coast Spice Café in … Continued

Memories and Gratitude: An Ode to Volunteers

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Kankakee Sands, Nature

  By Bria Fleming Each year in the height of summer here at Kankakee Sands, the plants are growing in earnest,  the seeds are ripening, our workload is increasing exponentially and I am filled with a renewed appreciation for the time and dedication of our volunteers. They give selflessly of themselves and their time, many … Continued

Indiana Dunes Country: The perfect place to fish

Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Recreation, 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

A whistle for thistle

Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014 in Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Kankakee Sands, Nature

By Alyssa Nyberg Although field thistle (Cirsium discolor) is a common “weed” along our Northwest Indiana roadsides, it is a favorite flower of many butterflies, including the Monarch.  From August through October, field thistle provides a valuable nectar source for such butterflies as the fritillaries, swallowtails, painted ladies, and sulfers. The flowers aren’t the only … Continued

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