Park officials are inviting Region residents to lend a hand on Saturday mornings in October to help with restoration work at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods. The restoration programs will last about 1 ½ hours and no experience is needed. Volunteers will be joining Student Conservation Association interns at the national lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center at 11:00 am on October 14, 21 and 28. The announcement from the national lakeshore says each morning will start with a brief history of the area and safety precautions before setting out on the Miller Woods Trail to clip seed heads from two invasive plants – phragmites and cattails, work that park officials say will help in the restoration of the Miller Woods wetlands. Tools and work gloves will be provided – participants are advised to wear comfortable clothes.
“Afterward the stewardship activity, you may want to take a hike through Miller Woods to enjoy spectacular fall wildflowers and migrating birds. Or bring the family to build a fort and play in the adjacent Nature Play Zone, make a free craft, or help feed the fish, reptiles and amphibians who live in the Douglas Center’s animal room,” said the announcement.
The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller section of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1821 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.