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Botany for Beginners at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

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Date: January 24, 2018

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Join staff and local expert Barbara Plampin for a morning of botany on five consecutive Saturdays, February 10 through March 10, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Bailly Ranger Station.

Botany for Beginners is back! First conducted in the 1980’s by Emma Pitcher, the course is being taught by her protégé, Barbara Plampin. You can learn basic botanical facts, plant succession in the Indiana Dunes, and a little about some of the more common plant families.  

Four field trips to view and identify native plants will also be provided on Saturdays during April, May, June and July. Please reserve your place in this class by calling Gia Wagner at 219-395-1552. There is a limit of 20 participants.

Bailly Ranger Station is located at 1100 North Mineral Springs Road in Porter, between U.S. Highways 12 and 20. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at or Facebook page at

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 417 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Located in Northwest Indiana, the park includes 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and 15,000 acres of biodiverse beaches, woods, prairies, and marshes. Up to 2 million visitors come to the Indiana Dunes each year.

Last updated: January 24, 2018

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1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304


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