Nature Events in West Central Area, July & August (Revised)

Joan Mohr Samuels has issued Native Roots for July and August 2017.  Download Native Roots

BE ADVISED that the following additions and corrections have been made to the Native Roots schedule:

 Leadership change for AUG 9th Wednesdays in the Wild program–

      Angie Manuel is leading this walk in place of Tom Swinford, who had other work commitments that day:

    Aug 9th  1-3pm Prophetstown Fen Nature Preserve Hike outdoor pgmSTPK*

       Join Angie Manuel (Park’s Interpretive Naturalist)  for an introduction to the beautiful world of fens: unique wetland communities which are dependent on groundwater. $2/person program fee (gate fee is waived)

       * STPK (Prophetstown State Pk): Enter the park via Swisher Rd (off North Ninth St, just south of Battle Ground). Meet at Prairie View Picnic Area – Blazingstar Shelter.



***1st NEW EVENT INFO–arrived too late for inclusion in JUL-AUG Native Roots: 

FRI Aug 25th 4-10pm CDT WILD ONES End of Summer NATIVE PLANT SALE at Griffith Central Market (600 N. Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319)

Native flowers, grasses, sedges and shrubs–including prairie, wetland, shade and woodland plants! (True Native Plants–No Cultivars)

For more info: 219-433-5731 or email:


***2nd NEW EVENT INFO–arrived too late for inclusion in JUL-AUG Native Roots: 

2017 Tri-County Indiana Master Naturalist (IMN) Program starts AUG 31st!

Nine Thursday evenings  6-9pm AUG 31 thru NOV 2 (no class SEP 14) rotating in Vermillion, Parke, and Vigo County locations

This course is open to all adults that have an interest in and would like to learn more about Indiana’s natural resources. 

The number of participants is limited and will be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

The deadline for registration is August 18.

COST:  a $70 per person or a $110 per couple registration fee, which covers the costs of all books, materials, park entrance and other fees. 


and at Vermillion Co Extension website:

Questions?  Phil Cox 765-492-5335,

Classes include: Wetlands Values and Functions; Astronomy & Birds of the Night; Plant Basics and Wildflower ID; Invasive, Edible & Medicinal Plants; All About Bats & Bat Detecting; Butterfly ID and butterflies in Indiana’s Natural Regions; All About Monarchs; Land Trusts, Ethics & Important Naturalist Authors; Geology of Indiana (including Indiana diamonds & gold panning); and Hoosier Mushrooms.  Many of the classes will have an associated field trip or be held outside at Turkey Run State Park or Dobbs Memorial Park with hands-on learning.

Some of the presenters include: Dr. Jim Nardi (University of Illinois), Karen Staub (Sycamore Trails RC&D)), Alan Bruner (Friends of Turkey Run & Shades State Parks), Jeff Kiefer (US Fish & Wildlife Service), Mike Lunsford (Author, Columnist, & Educator), Aaron Douglass (Turkey Run State Park), Dr.  Joy  O’Keefe (Indiana State University), Dr. Nelson Shaffer (Indiana Geological Survey), Phil Cox (Purdue Extension – Vermillion County), Jeff Belth (“Butterflies of Indiana” author), Sandy Belth (Monroe County Parks & Recreation), and Stephen Russell (Hoosier Mushroom Society).



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