$1,000,000 to Restore Oak Savanna Habitat


Save the Dunes, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are partnering to undertake significant ecological restoration of a total of 1,077 acres of black oak savanna habitat beginning this summer. Read More

What’s in Bloom—June 11th


We have reached the ‘tween season where the spring ephemerals have disappeared and the full bounty of summer blossoms has not yet arrived. Still, there’s much to enjoy out and about in Duneland. Read More

Cirsium pitcheri—A Thistle Worth Saving

Pitcher's thistle

As the Wisconsin ice sheet retreated into Canada more than 11,000 years ago, seed from Cirsium canescens (Platte thistle) found its way to the newly formed Great Lakes. Read More

The Other Invasive Mustard—Dame’s Rocket

Hesperis along tracks

In the world of mustards, garlic reigns supreme. Culinary tastes aside, Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) is perhaps the most notorious invasive plant in the mustard family. It’s proclivity for infiltrating and colonizing natural areas justifies it’s top billing. Read More

What’s In Bloom—May 13th


After the warmer temps of the past few weeks spring has fully sprung. With it, the first of the season’s wildflowers have emerged. It’s hard to believe there was snow on the ground three weeks ago, but such is life in Northwest Indiana. Here are a few treats from my corner of the Dunes. Read More