Environmental Restoration Group 2021 Educational Field Trips

By Terry Bonace

Enjoy our beautiful Northwest Indiana flora in four field trips in the 2021 growing season. Due to COVID and health concerns, these trips will be limited to six people. Unless great changes occur in the current pandemic status, face masks and social distancing will be required. No fee for participation but membership is required in the Beverly Shores Environmental Restoration Group. To find out about membership, go to bserg.org or contact Terry Bonace at tbonace@gmail.com. Terry Bonace and Candice Smith will be your field trip leaders.

J. Timothy Ritchie Nature Preserve in Chesterton, Indiana on Saturday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m. This Shirley Heinze Land Trust preserve has a wonderful display of spring flowers, including the much-loved large-flowered trillium. Activity filled.

Cowles Bog Trail, Indiana Dunes National Park, near the entrance to Dune Acres, on Friday, June 11 at 9:00 a.m. Cowles Bog Trail highlights an area of such outstanding plant diversity that it was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1965. We will visit several distinct habitats along this trail including marshes, swamps, and black oak savannas.  We will not walk the entire Cowles Bog Trail.

West Beverly Drive in Beverly Shores, from 4 Corners to Kemil Road on Saturday, July 24 at 9:00 a.m. This stretch of quiet road where most vehicular traffic is prohibited showcases a wide array of interesting plant life, both native and invasive, and many lovely plants will be in bloom for us.

Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve in Hobart, Indiana on Saturday, August 14 at 9:00 a.m. One of the rarest ecosystems in the state, the black-soil prairie at Cressmoor Prairie, a dedicated Shirley Heinze Land Trust Indiana state nature preserve, is an extremely high-quality landscape. The prairie should be at its peak for late summer flowers.

To sign up, contact Terry Bonace at tbonace@gmail.com or Candice Smith at candicepetersonsmith@gmail.com. Hikes will all end by noon or before.

Beverly Shores Environmental Restoration Group,
P.O. Box 667, Beverly Shores, IN 46301