PORTER | Learn about research being conducted within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore by talking with scientists, and joining them for a short time in the field. This “Indiana Dunes, Science and You!” program will begin at 1 p.m. May 3 in the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center Auditorium.
Featured scientists from Indiana University, the United States Geological Survey, Valparaiso University and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, will make presentations on their research and then lead field trips in the national lakeshore highlighting their investigations. Research topics include the impacts of climate change on the endangered Karner blue butterfly, restoration and research on Mount Baldy and coastal dune systems, and the impacts of logjam modification along the Little Calumet River. Research and restoration of park wetlands will also be highlighted.
One project will showcase the work of students from Valparaiso University who are studying the effectiveness of different techniques to revegetate unofficial trails in the park.
According to Wendy Smith, education coordinator at the Great Lakes Research and Education Center, "This is exciting! These students are not only learning about a resource management issue, they are also learning how to conduct research that will help solve a very real problem that threatens the natural ecosystem in the dunes. Their findings will allow park managers to utilize the most effective technique in the future, not only helping to restore the sand dunes, but also potentially saving the park both time and money."
The indoor portion of this program meets at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center at 1215 N. Ind. 49. For a detailed schedule of presentations and field trip locations, contact Smith at (219) 395-1987 or by email at email@example.com.