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Post-Conference Tour

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Event Date: 
Thursday, 22 October 2015 to Saturday, 24 October 2015


REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 22ND

 


Registration for the Post-Conference Tour will remain open on the website of The Morton Arboretum through September 22nd, 2015 (so long as places are still available). To register, click here


Visit the Events Forum to communicate with other members who are registering for the Tour (e.g., if you are looking for a room mate!)


 

2015 post conference tour will extend over 3 days and 2 nights, and will take us to some excellent native landscapes along the South Lake Michigan region of Indiana and Michigan. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is home to Cowles Bog and Pinhook Bog. Cowles Bog is actually a fen in the dunes while Pinhook Bog is an acid bog that is unique in the region. Black oak is the dominant oak in this area along with some red oak, white oak, and Hill's oak. In Southwest Michigan, Warren Woods is the last remaining untouched beech/maple forest in this part of the country. IOS member Doug Bidlack has been doing research there and will share his expertise here. Fernwood Botanic Garden will be host for lunch Friday, with time to enjoy some unique plant communities along the St. Joseph River. Other places to visit include Jasper/Pulaski Fish and Wildlife to see black oak sand hills next to white and pin oak swamps, Art Davis' home with a magnificent unknown oak hybrid (we get to determine the cross), and Taltree Arboretum & Gardens that features Q. ×leana, Hill's Oak, shingle oak, and more.  Our first evening will be in New Buffalo, Michigan, along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It is a great place to relax and stroll along the beach in October. The tour is limited to 50 people so plan to sign up early to reserve your place.

Tour leader: Jim Hitz

The Indiana Dunes along Lake Michigan, first stop on the Post-Conference Tour, less than 30 miles from downtown Chicago and only a few miles from the international shipping Port of Indiana. Photo: Jim Hitz

 

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