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Dog Lovers: It’s time to “hike with the hounds”!

By on September 21, 2017

Shirley Heinze Land Trust invites the public to “Hike with Hounds,”  an afternoon of dog-friendly activities on Saturday, September 30th, 1-4pm, at Meadowbrook Nature Preserve, 109 W. 700 North, Valparaiso, IN.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own dogs to participate in the event.  Additionally, representatives from Lakeshore PAWS…


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Trails & Beaches

Taltree Bluebird Trail

By on September 20, 2017

Location: 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso, IN 46385
Hours: 8am-7pm daily (April-October); 10am-4pm daily (November-March)
Pet Friendly: Must be on a leash and there are waste stations along the trails
Parking: Large lot off the main entrance
Restrooms: Yes, one at the Visitors Center Depot & one near the Memorial Pavilion
Trail Length: 7…


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habitats and endangered species

Invasive Species: Phragmites – It’s Okay to Hate Them

By on September 19, 2017

Submitted by: Nathanael Pilla, Project Coordinator, Save the Dunes

Do you ever pull up to a stop sign and can’t see what is coming because there is a very tall, obnoxious grass in the way? Not a three to five foot grass, but one that is ten feet tall or more? This grass is more than likely something called phragmites (pronounced frag-might-eeeeeees)– an invasive species or…

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