Nature is a universally free source of amazing benefits for us. It keeps the mind sharp. It teaches history and respect for life and others. It provides an unbroken link to our roots as people. Pat Fisher, hike leader and HCH President, will share some of his experiences connecting students and adults with nature on a trail system he championed and stewards. Join the hike and pick up some tips on how you can improve your "Connections with Nature."
The NBAS Nature Study Trails (NST) has over 4 miles of trails and around 60 acres of forested upland and wetland habitats. Depending on the trails you visit, you will discover a large assortment of native flora and fauna living in harmony with ancient beaches, wide ravines, streams, a planted prairie, marshes, hardwood forests and seasonally wet flatwoods filled with scrub-shrub wetlands, pit and mound topology, vernal pools and rivulets. The trails are maintained by students & staff, volunteers, and the many trail structures have been added by scout members and neighborhood volunteers. The trails are populated with painted rocks, Story walks, a Little Free Library, and groomed for cross country skiing for year round fun. These trails combine the schools "NBAS Nature Study Trails," Chikaming Open Lands “Turtle Creek Preserve” and the City of New Buffalo’s “Turtle Pond Nature Preserve,”
HCH recently purchased an All-Terrain Rollator which may be reserved for use on our hikes. Reservations are made by Emailing email@example.com on a first-come first-served basis. The first part of the hike would be a great place to try it out.
Wear long pants (preferably tucked-in), a sun hat, sturdy shoes or boots and insect repellent and bring plenty of water. Depending on the weather, there may be some muddy areas. HCH hikers observe federal and state guidelines so mask wearing is optional.
Theme: Nature Connections
Venue: NBAS Nature Study Trails
When: Saturday, June 18, 2022 @ 10 AM EDT
Estimated Presentation Time: 15 minutes
Hike Leader: Pat Fisher, President HCH
Estimated Time: 2 hours
Hiking Distance: 2.0 miles
Physical Difficulty: Easy and Moderate
Location: 12291 Lubke Rd, New Buffalo, MI 49117
Parking GPS: 41.78247, -86.757002 (DD)
Directions: From US-12 in New Buffalo head south on South Eagle Street, at the second stop sign turn right onto West Detroit Street which turns into Lubke Road at the curve. After the curve, watch for the school on the right. We will gather in the parking lot.