This 50-acre property is located in the City of Gary. The site protects globally rare dune-and-swale topography. The black oak savanna and interdunal wetlands communities provide habitat for a diverse variety of flora and fauna. A good variety of spring wildflowers includes wild lupine, wild columbine, and puccoon. Efforts are underway to improve the property as a potential habitat for the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, which exists in several nearby natural areas. A hiking trail begins at the parking lot on Colfax Street.
The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Legacy Foundation, Wildlife Habitat Council, U.S. Forest Service, Gordon & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.
Photos by Ron Trigg
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.
This precious remnant of dune-and-swale landscape protects a splendid savanna habitat interspersed with permanently wet swales. Spring is a special time here: Vistas of freshly green bracken ferns and forests of May apple parasols. Patches of bright-red columbine and spikes of blue lupine. Redwing blackbirds trilling from the marshy areas and chorus frogs calling.
I see beauty in its purest form.