Hike Peine Farm September 21

When:  Saturday, September 21, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. EDT

Where:  The Peine Farm, Morgan County, Indiana

Leader:  Dee Ann Peine Amateur Naturalist

Trail Conditions:  Good trails; may be muddy after rain. Some off-trail walking. Be aware of bald cypress knees in the swamp area.

What to See:  The Peine Farm is a prime example of nature restoring itself from the ravages of human use. Where once cows grazed, farmers plowed and gold miners “mined,” there is now successional forest with accompanying understory, plus open meadows with many prairie plants. Among the diverse plants you would expect to see under a predominantly oak/beech canopy in south central Indiana, we may find autumn coralroot (Corallorhiza odontorhiza) and turtlehead (Chelone glabra), and the bright red drupes of spicebush (Lindera benzoin). In more open areas Joe-Pye weed, goldenrods and asters will be holding the fort, along with ladies’ tresses (Spiranthes ovalis).

Directions:  Address is 3192 W. Bain Road; the farm is located just west of Martinsville. At approximately 0.5 mile southwest of the junction of SR 39 and SR 67, turn north off of SR 67 and then immediately west onto old SR 67. Travel approximately 0.75 mile to W. Bain Road, turn right (north) and travel approximately 2.5 miles to a telephone pole upon which the house number 3192 is posted. Turn right onto the gravel drive for 0.1 mile; where road forks, stay left and continue on the smaller road to an open gate ahead. Proceed a short distance and park at the house.

Questions:  Email Dee Ann at wretch1941@comcast.net or call 317-293-6282. Bring a lunch if you plan on staying the entire time. Everyone is welcome to explore on their own after the hike.

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