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Take a bus tour with Shirley Heinze Land Trust August 23

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Shirley Heinze Land Trust will host a guided bus tour of its nature preserves on Saturday, August 23, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust staff, board members and guest speakers, including educator, geologist, and author Dr. Ken Schoon; IUN Biology Professor Dr. Spencer Cortwright; and IUN Geosciences Professor Dr. Erin Argyilan, will provide insights on the dynamics of land preservation, ecology, geology, and history of Northwest Indiana.

The bus will depart promptly at 8 a.m. from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, Indiana. The first stop on the tour is Seidner Dune and Swale Nature Preserve in Hammond. Here participants will depart the bus for a brief walk and learn about the Grand Calumet River Remediation Project, which is using the Preserve as a base of operations for the cleanup of the river from Kennedy Ave. to Cline Ave. This is a special opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at this major restoration project.

The next stop is Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve in Gary for a glimpse of the globally rare dune and swale habitat. Following the stop at Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve will be stops at two sites in the Hobart Marsh project area, which include high-quality prairie, oak savanna and wetland habitats. Lunch will be provided at the Meadowbrook Conservation Center and Nature Preserve in Valparaiso.

The afternoon portion of the tour will focus on preserves in Porter and LaPorte Counties, including Little Calumet Wetlands Project Area in Chesterton, Beverly Shores Project Area, and Hildebrand Lake Nature Preserve in Westville. The tour will conclude back at the Visitor Center at 3:30 p.m.

The cost to attend the tour is $35 per person, or $60 per couple. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (219)-242-8558 or through the website

Reservations must be made no later than Aug. 21. The bus is restroom equipped.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust manages more than 1,400 acres that have been permanently preserved by the organization. Five of its properties - Cressmoor Prairie, Seidner Dune & Swale, John Merle Coulter Preserve, Barker Woods, and Ambler Flatwoods - have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as State Nature Preserves.


Posted 8/11/2014