Natural Wonders

Heinze Land Trust to host 2 LP County hikes Oct. 2


Shirley Heinze Land Trust invites the public to attend one of its two free Nature Appreciation Hikes on Oct. 2 in La Porte County.

A guided tour of the old growth forest at Barker Woods Nature Preserve in Michigan City will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

A bike and hike tour at Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve will follow the new La Porte County Shared Bikeways Ambler Flatwoods Loop, which spans 20.8 miles. The bike ride and guided hikes will depart at 10 a.m.; a second hike at Ambler will depart at noon following the ride.

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is grateful for many partners who will be helping to lead hikes and activities in La Porte County and surrounding counties.

The events will go on, rain or shine. Long pants, sturdy shoes, sun hats and insect repellent are recommended. Light refreshments will be offered. RSVPs are not required.

For more information, contact Bonnie Hawksworth at or 219-242-8558, and visit to find details and address information for each location.

Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has protected, restored and maintained northwestern Indiana’s rich and significant natural communities, including tallgrass prairie, high dune, oak savanna, boreal flatwoods, dune-and-swale, woodlands, marshes, swamps, ponds, fens, bogs, and riparian habitat. More than 2,700 acres in Lake, Porter, La Porte and St. Joseph counties have been preserved for the public’s benefit.

Shirley Heinze nature preserves feature significant scenic and ecological value, and most are open to the public for hiking and enjoying nature. Six of its properties have been dedicated to the people of Indiana as state nature preserves. The organization also works to educate people of all ages to appreciate the importance of land conservation, and to experience the natural wonders of this unique region. Its work is accomplished through a partnership of volunteers, donors, and professionals.

For more information on the work and nature preserves of Shirley Heinze Land Trust, visit, call (219) 242-8558, or access its Facebook page at

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