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Hundreds of school children and the general public have already registered for scheduled, scientist-led field trips during the Miller Woods Bioblitz at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. But, you don’t have to register to take part in the fun. On Saturday, May 21, from 8:00 am – 4:00pm, just stop by BioBlitz headquarters at the Paul H. Douglas Center and join a scientist on a guided walk through the beautiful Miller Woods to see how many different species of animals or plants you can help them find. Scientists will lead groups at the top of each hour during the Bioblitz. Some groups will look for birds, plants, amphibians, or a number of other categories. In addition, there will be over a dozen science stations located inside the center or out in Miller Woods.
In addition to the daytime activities, there will be special groups leaving from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm to find insects, owls and other creatures that are active in Miller Woods during the evening.Because space is limited in the evening hikes, reservations are required. Call the park’s information line at 219-395-1882 to sign up for one of these special Bioblitz night hikes. All activities are free at the BioBlitz.
Partners in this event include the Dunes Learning Center, Marquette Park Pavilion, the United States Geological Survey and over 25 scientists and other experts who are donating their time to lead counting teams. Parking is available at Lake Street Beach with free shuttles to the Douglas Center. The center is located at 100 N. Lake Street in the Miller neighborhood of Gary, Indiana. For more information, call the national lakeshore’s information desk at 219-395-1882.