Northeast Chapter Bonfire Picnic October 15

What:   NEINPAWS First Annual Meeting and Bonfire Picnic.

When:  October 15, 2016, at 2:00 PM.

Where: Tom and Jane Dustin Nature Preserve, 1802 Chapman Rd., Huntertown. Meet at red

barn on Chapman Rd., just east of the ACRES Land Trust Office entrance.

Who:     Guest speaker Larry Yoder, Ph.D., associate professor emeritus, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College.

RSVP:    By October 10 to Indicate number of persons attending. Guests should bring a chair and a side dish, vegetable, fruit, chips, or dessert to share. Hot dogs and drinks provided. 

The Cedar Creek tunnel valley: How’d the red cedars get there?

Dr. Yoder discusses, “Geology, Plant Ecology, and the Human History of Cedar Creek.” Glaciers, post-glacial plant succession, Native Americans, and later, European settlers, have significantly affected the area. The Cedar Creek tunnel valley and its microhabitats are of particular interest to glacial geologists.

Following a fast-paced, interactive presentation inside the barn, Dr. Yoder leads an interpretive hike to the edge of the “tunnel” where Cedar Creek flows some 80 feet below. Here, Yoder addresses the mystery of the peculiar abundance of red cedar trees. After the hike, attendees can enjoy an old-fashioned bonfire, hot dogs, cider, Dr. Yoder’s campfire stories…and s’mores.

Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society’s (INPAWS) mission is to promote the appreciation, preservation, conservation, utilization, and scientific study of the flora native to Indiana.

NEINPAWS, the northeast chapter of INPAWS, serves Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.

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