Overnight workshop to explore reptiles and amphibians of the dunes

2014-02-24T00:00:00Z Overnight workshop to explore reptiles and amphibians of the dunesTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 24, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CHESTERTON | A sure harbinger of spring, frogs have have been around for 250 million years, having survived ice ages, asteroid crashes, and environmental disturbances. Today, nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Why?

Dunes Learning Center’s two-day, Focus on Reptiles and Amphibians workshop will provide insights and an opportunity to explore the inner life of these sensitive creatures.

The Indiana dunes and its diverse wetlands are home to an array of reptiles and amphibians. This in-depth, overnight program will take participants into the field, where they will observe the cold-blooded critters in their native habitats, participate in citizen science activities and learn how they can assist in monitoring projects.

The action-packed schedule includes activities for the young, and young at heart. The wide variety of frog calls will be the subject of a night hike. Lunch will feature a presentation on the Massasauga rattler — the region’s only venomous snake. Craft projects, games, a puppet show and a campfire with s’mores are all planned during this weekend exploration of all things herpetological.

The fun starts at 5 p.m. March 28. Lodging is provided in Dunes Learning Center's modern, heated cabins, each with 4 bunk beds and a private bathroom. Tuition is $95 per person — including food, shared lodging & materials. Fill a cabin with four people for $300. Space is limited. Register online before March 17 at duneslearningcenter.org or phone program coordinator, Kellie Koerner, at (219) 395-9555 for more information.

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