Dig the Dunes to host three guided hikes this spring.

January 18, 2016

Dig the Dunes is excited to announce that we will be hosting THREE guided hikes this spring!

We will kick off our series in March with “Photography in the Dunes”. Stephen Lehman, our “trails & beaches” photographer will take you along Dune Ridge trail and out to Kemil Beach in Beverly Shores. You will learn about photography concepts such as ISO, The rule of thirds, exposure and subject contrast. Don’t have a  camera? A smartphone works fine! We will just ask that you download a manual setting app before the hike. The scenery can be quite beautiful this time of year, you may even be able to capture some shelf ice out on the lake, but please dress accordingly.

April will bring you our botany & birds hike with “Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers” . Steve Sass, Indiana Native Plant and WildFlower Society North Chapter President, will explore the Heron Rookery with you. Wildflowers in bloom may include bloodroot, white and yellow trout lily and many more. Steve will discuss the physiology, history and folklore of the plants as well as be on the lookout for many migratory birds that may be passing through this time of year.

Photo by Stephen Lehman

Photo by Stephen Lehman

Finally, in May, Patty Kostro, our resident geologist, will bring you Geology of the Dunes! Here you will hike the paved path at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk and learn all about the geology of Lake Michigan, the formation of the dunes and even have a hands on experience as she teaches about the composition of the sand and types of pebbles you can find along the shore.

Each hike will be approximately one hour in length. Hikes will not be too rigorous and we will stay along the trail paths. There will be an option to purchase a lunch following the hike. Photography and Botany will be held at Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill in Beverly Shores while Geology of the Dunes will be at Latitudes Waterfront Dining outside of Ogden Dunes. Lunch will include a sandwich, side dish and soda. Hike leaders will be on hand at all lunches to continue the conversation as well as have Q&A.

If you are interested in one of these hikes, please email




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