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[DNR] Guided Hike at Conrad Savanna Nature Preserve, Newton County
Start Date: 7/12/2014Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 7/12/2014End Time: 12:00 PM
Event Description:
Location: Conrad Savanna Nature Preserve, parking lot on County Road 700 N
Time: Site is observing CDT. Event begins at 10 a.m. local time.
Cost: Free
Directions: From the intersection of S.R. 10 and U.S. 41 near the town of Lake Village, go south on U.S. 41 for 2 miles and then west on 725 N, which turns into 700 N. The preserve is on both sides of 700 N. Park at the parking lot north of 700 N. If cable gate is closed, park on side of road. Prescribed burning by Department of Natural Resources staff occurs here in the spring (Feb-Apr) and occasionally in the fall (Nov).

The Division of Nature Preserves is teaming up with some of our partner organizations and land trusts to hold a series of hikes on nature preserves. The partner for this hike is INPAWS – Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society. Register for the hike using the registration icon at the top right.

Conrad Savanna preserves an example of the land forms and associated plant communities that were characteristic of the area south of the Kankakee River at the time of settlement. Fine quartz sand is the common soil in this region (as well as in the nature preserve), and it occurs in both broad flats and rolling hills. Oak savanna is the predominant plant community on these dry sands, with black and white oaks being by far the most common trees. The trees are somewhat widely spaced, and the understory is sparse. Wildfires were responsible for this open aspect in pre-settlement times, and prescribed fires are used to maintain these areas today. Due to the more open nature of savannas as compared to closed forests, plants with high light requirements thrive here. Many are plants typically associated with dry prairies, and include hairy puccoon, goat’s rue, blunt-leaved milkweed, leadplant, and New Jersey tea, as well as grasses such as little bluestem, junegrass, and porcupine grass.

  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.
  • Bring binoculars and a hand lens, if you have them.
  • No restroom facilities.
Location Information:
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Contact Information:
Name: Tom Post, Northwest Regional Ecologist
Phone: (219) 921-6714
Conrad Savanna Nature Preserve
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  • Agriculture & Environment
  • Tourism & Transportation

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