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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

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

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