Harbor Country, Michigan
NATURE STUDY TRAIL UPDATES:
August 19, 2015
August 11, 12, 2015
August 1, 2015, 11:30a-1:30p
July 28, 2015, 7p-9p
June 20, 2015, 11:30a-1:30p
March 7, 2015
March 1, 2015
Have two dates set, Jun 20, and Aug 1, 2015, for Presentations w/ Eco-Tours sponsored by the NB Twp. Library and presented by Trekkmode AKA Pat Fisher. Stay tuned for the details. Get your trail map HERE.
April 18, 2014
November 19, 2013
November 18, 2013
November 9, 2013
October 30, 2013
October 21, 2013
October 16, 2013
October 9, 2013
April 17, 2013
March 31, 2013
ABOUT THE (NBAS NATURE STUDY) TRAILS:
Our Interpretive Trails and Nature Walks are a part of the Holbrook Creek Watershed (also known as Lighthouse Creek) and pass through prime examples of dune forests and interdunal wetlands. When completed, there will be over 4.5 miles of trails with markers and plaques scattered along the paths that relate to their natural history. Remember that wetland habitats are fragile and easily damaged by human activity. It is best to visit them in small groups, and to avoid wading through areas of soft muck soils and shallows where sensitive plants may occur. Boardwalks traversing the wetlands, observation decks and stairways will be added to improve access, and to reduce human impact.
Nature Study Loop
The Nature Study Loop (1.6mi) is a series of rural, semi-primitive and primitive trails. This moderately difficult nature walk connects you with trails that pass through our Nature Study Areas and onto community greenways.
Bison Nature Trail
The Bison Nature Trail (0.4mi), our easiest trail, is located behind the school playgrounds with over 40 varieties of trees, shrubs and vines indentified. This self-guided nature tour includes several scenic viewpoints and benches along the way. This trail earned Edward Hatton, Jr. an Eagle Scout rank under the direction of Edward Hatton, Sr. Most of the trail structures have survived over 20 years of SW Michigan weather.
Nature Study Trails
Our Nature Study Trails (1.2mi) have varying degrees of difficulty and pass through hardwood forests, pine groves, marshes, vernal pools, along bogs, swamps and creeks. The unfinished Marsh & Creek Trail will be physically demanding but brimming with nature.
New Buffalo Hiking Connector
The New Buffalo Hiking Connector leads to a residential section of the City of New Buffalo. It also drops you off a block from Turtle Pond Nature Preserve.
Turtle Pond Nature Preserve
The New Buffalo Turtle Pond Nature Preserve (0.15mi) is a walking trail complete with boardwalks and on site parking. The trail meanders around and over a natural pond which hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Turtle Pond is only one block away from our trails.
Harbor Country Hike & Bike Trail
The Harbor Country Hike & Bike Trail project is a long-term comprehensive project to bring a network of interconnected non-motorized vehicle trails to the corner of Southwest Michigan known as Harbor Country. A marked leg of this system passes right through the NBAS Nature Study Trails.
2.) City of New Buffalo Community Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Greenway Plan 2012-2017, City Boards and Committees, 2012
3.) Harbor Country Hike & Bike Plan, Friends of Harbor Country Trails, 2010
NBAS Nature Study Brochure / 8½x11" 08/29/2016 (945mb)
Turtle Pond Nature Preserve / 8½x11" (417kb)
Z-Fold Tri-Fold Instructions / 8½x11"
Folded Accordion Pocket Map Instructions / 8½x11"
Michigan DNR Wetlands
Michigan DNR Costal Dunes
Anyone who has been around me for any length of time has picked up on my enthusiasm about the natural history of Southwest Michigan and nearby Northwest Indiana; this is a direct result of my passion for hiking. I have hiked and re-hiked most of the trails and all of the shore in any kind of weather, even the “Gales of Hurricane Sandy” (my wife says I'm touched).
To find out more about the reasons behind my nature study projects, Learn @ TrekkMode.com.
NB Elementary School