Category: Hikes & Field Trips

  • Hike Bryan Memorial Nature Preserve May 3

    Location: Bryan Memorial Nature Preserve, Clinton County Directions: From Frankfort, take State Road 38 west, turn north on County Road 450 W to a marked parking lot on the right. Several trails traverse the preserve. Cost: Free, but registration is required by May 2.  Register for the hike Time: 10 a.m. local time (EDT). The…

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  • Hike Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve April 12

    Location: Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve, 551 N Boeke Rd, Evansville, IN 47711 Directions: From State Highway 62 (Morgan Ave.) in Evansville, turn south onto Boeke Rd. and proceed 0.5 mile to the Wesselman Park entrance. Park in the nature center parking lot. Several trails lead from the nature center through the preserve. Cost: Free, but…

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  • Hike Report: Trine State Recreation Area

    INPAWS Hike at Pokagon State Park’s Trine State Recreation Area by Fred Wooley, Interpreter, Pokagon State Park On June 8, 14 hikers joined me on the Pokagon State Park Potawatomi Inn sundeck for an INPAWS-sponsored hike to the new Trine State Recreation Area in Steuben County. In 1969, the Indiana Natural Areas Survey first published…

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  • Hike Report: Shrader-Weaver Nature Preserve

    Shrader-Weaver Hike Draws a Crowd by Brent Smith The April 13 INPAWS field trip to Shrader-Weaver Woods, a 100-acre DNR Nature Preserve in northwest Fayette County, was a great success, with about 80 participants! It was a good thing I brought two senior botany teaching assistants with me from Earlham College, and that so many attendees…

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  • Hike Report: Prairie Creek Barrens

    The “He tried to warn us” Hike with MikeorThe Restoration in Progress of Prairie Creek Barrens by Sue Arnold with photos by Barb Jablonski and Barb Homoya The postcard Mike Homoya sent out for the July 27 hike at Prairie Creek Barrens Nature Preserve failed to deter 28 of us from enjoying a sunny day…

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  • Hike Report: Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge

    Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge Hike by Holly Faust, interpreter, Hamilton County Parks and Recreation August 17 turned out to be one great trip to the Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge near Seymour.  We saw Joe Pye weed all along US Highway 50 to the entrance and all kinds of natives growing along the forest’s edge.  My favorite was…

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  • Hike Report: Bendix Woods

    “AWESOME”: May 5 North Wildflower Hike at Bendix Woods by John J. Smith These days “awesome” is overused, but it was an apt adjective for the INPAWS May 5 hike in the old-growth beech-maple forest in the State-dedicated Bendix Woods Nature Preserve in St. Joseph County.     Where in the Midwest are there more large…

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  • Indiana DNR Field Days Coming Up in October

    The Division of Nature Preserves will lead a series of nine hikes in “Seldom Seen” nature preserves on October 5 and 19, led by expert botanist/ecologists. Find the details and sign-up opportunities here. And here’s a link to a video:    

  • 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…

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  • Hike Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge August 17

    Floodplains and Flatwoods of Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge When: Saturday, August 17, 2013, 10:00 am–3:30 pm EDT Where: Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, Jennings-Jackson County, Indiana Leader: Daniel W. Boone, field botanist and Certified Arborist for Bartlett Tree Expert. Trail Conditions: Mostly off-trail, but flat; conditions could be very wet, so rubber boots are recommended. Site…

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