Community Hike at Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve
Location: Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 10am - 2pm
The public is invited to join Shirley Heinze Land Trust and the Field Museum of Natural History to explore Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve in Gary on Saturday, October 15, from 10 am to 2 pm. Free guided hikes, family-friendly activities, and refreshments will be offered at this natural enclave in an urban setting.
Ivanhoe South features globally rare dune-and-swale landscape. Characterized by a series of sandy ridges alternating with long narrow wetland depressions, all running parallel to the Lake Michigan shoreline, this unique topography formed over the past 5,000 years as the waters of the great lake receded in stages, each time leaving a sandy beach behind. The black oak savanna and interdunal wetland communities provide habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals.
Over the last twenty years, restoration efforts have revived this rare habitat and its diverse flora and fauna. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about these species and the history and geology of the preserve on guided hikes, which will depart from the trailhead approximately every 15 minutes.
The Field Museum's conservation wing is partnering with Shirley Heinze Land Trust in this way for the first time as part of an effort to document and celebrate the value Northwest Indiana residents hold for nature.
Directions to Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve:
From I-94, exit at Cline Ave. north. Take Cline Ave. to 5th Ave. (U.S. 20). Go east on U.S. 20 to the first traffic signal (Colfax St.). Follow Colfax St. south to the parking lot just before the railroad tracks.