Eagles Mere Conservancy Programs are open to all members and non-members. All children five and under must be accompanied by an adult. Alternative programs will be planned if it rains. Please be on time! All programs begin at The Cabin unless otherwise stated.
Eagles Mere Conservancy Hikes
We depart from the Outlet Pond at 9:30 AM (for those events where we will drive north on 42 to either 154 or 220, we will meet hikers from Laporte & World’s End State Park at the junction of 154 & 220 at ~9:40). Unless otherwise noted, be prepared with water, lunch, sturdy shoes, & proper clothing (such as long pants due to briers & stinging nettles). Families encouraged to participate – children must be accompanied by an adult. On some hikes there may be rough terrain & bushwhacking where there is no blazed trail (so identified in hike description). Hike lengths and elevation change over 150 ft. are estimated for each hike. Afternoon return time will depend on hike length and/or driving distances.
“This photo shows just one of the volunteer work crews in Eagles Mere on May 23, as the Eagles Mere Shade Tree Commission and the Eagles Mere Conservancy joined up for tree planting, trail and woodland projects throughout the community.”
The EM Conservancy is about to undertake a multi-year program of tree pruning, selected removal, and replanting efforts in its four high-use areas, the Village Green, the Dell, the Nature Trail, and Forest Park.
Two efforts will be undertaken this fall. In October, the Conservancy and the Park Association will hold a Forest Park clean-up effort. Invasive honeysuckle and unwanted brush piles will be removed from Forest Park. Meadow areas (including two wetlands) and their unique plant communities will benefit from this work. Later, some selective pruning of dead wood and the removal of hazardous trees will be followed by replanting of both trees and native shrubs to promote development of song bird habitat.
Work on the Village Green will include the removal of dead limbs and a handful of hazardous trees for public safety. Replanting of trees on the Green in coordination with the Shade Tree Commission will begin next spring. Those interested in the details may contact the Conservancy.
Thank you everyone for a great event on the Dell this past Friday and to our musician Mike Miz for the great entertainment!