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[DNR] Guided Hike at Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve, LaPorte County
Start Date: 6/21/2014Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 6/21/2014End Time: 12:00 PM
Event Description:
Time: 10 a.m. local time (CDT).
Directions: I-94, take first right onto C.R. 600 W (Meer Rd.). The main parking area is on the left (west) side of the road, 0.4 mile north of C.R. 800 N (Tryon Rd.). There are five miles of hiking trails departing from three trailheads/parking areas on Meer Road and C.R. 900 N.

Hike leaders:
Derek Nimetz – Coastal Regional Ecologist
Paul Quinlan – Stewardship Director

The Division of Nature Preserves is teaming up with partners to hold a series of hikes on partner owned and managed nature preserves. The partner for this hike is the Shirley Heinze Land Trust.

Register for the hike with the red registration icon at the top right.

Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve, a 353-acre property, is a dedicated state nature preserve located in Springfield Township and Michigan City. Ambler is the largest Shirley Heinze nature preserve. The flatwoods ecosystem harbors relict populations of several plant species that are typical of more northern latitudes. It is largely forested, with a rich herbaceous flora. In early spring, vernal pools and rivulets cover a great portion of the property. The dense, thick woods provide habitat for at least 15 state-listed plant species and 40 plants considered rare in the Chicago Region (as determined by Swink & Wilhelm in Plants of the Chicago Region).

This nature preserve contains a forest community known as boreal flatwoods, which is characterized by poorly drained soils on a relatively level or “flat” landscape. Overstory trees include red maple, northern pin oak, black gum, tulip tree, and white pine. Many of the plant species occurring here are typically more northern in distribution, and some barely reach within Indiana’s northern border, being restricted to our state in flatwoods. Several plants found here are rare to the state. A selection of interesting northern plants at Ambler includes goldthread, wintergreen, shinleaf, and several species of clubmoss. Tall, elegant cinnamon and royal ferns are commonly encountered and scattered seasonal ponds provide important habitat for a diverse assemblage of breeding salamanders in late winter and early spring.

  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear, bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray.
  • Bring binoculars if you have them.
  • No restroom facilities.
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Contact Information:
Name: Derek Nimetz
Phone: (219) 928-3997
Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve, LaPorte County
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