A pitcher plant is among species found at Lieber Nature Preserve north of Bristol.

Slog through the bog

BRISTOL — Beavers, cranes, and carnivorous plants are a few of the unique things visitors might see at the Elkhart County Parks’ upcoming hike at Lieber Nature Preserve, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22.

Located just north of Bristol, the diverse wetland, forest, and prairie habitat at Lieber Nature Preserve (nicknamed “Pipewort Pond”) hosts a variety of rare flora and fauna found few places in the region.

The naturalist-led hike will give participants the unique opportunity to explore the bog up close and encounter some of the preserve’s unique species, such as pitcher and sundew plants, beavers, and sandhill cranes. Hikers will also trek through parts of the bog to experience what it feels like to walk on a surface more waterbed than dry land.

Participants are asked to wear waterproof boots and come prepared for a two-hour hike. The hiking group will meet at the Elkhart County Historical Museum and carpool to the site. The museum is located at 304 W. Vistula Street in Bristol.

Admission is free, but registration is required. To sign up, participants should register online before Wednesday, June 19, at

DeFries Gardens hosts yoga class

NEW PARIS — Registration is open for an outdoor “Yoga in the Parks” class from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at DeFries Gardens in River Preserve County Park.

“Yoga in the Parks” is a partnership program between the Elkhart County Parks and Peace Love Yoga Michiana that encourages a healthy and active lifestyle through a series of guided classes in a relaxing park environment.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, bring water and their own mats (a limited number of mats will be available for use). Cost is $10 per person and open to all experience levels ages 14 and up. To sign up for the class, please register online by Tuesday, June 18, at

DeFries Gardens is located at 17477 C.R. 46. More information, including a schedule of upcoming events, and directions to DeFries Gardens is available at, on the Facebook @ElkhartCountyParks, or by calling the administration office at 574-535-6458.

Tail-wagging fun at Boot Lake

ELKHART — The Elkhart County Parks will offer a free “Tails to Trails” group hike for participants and their canine companions at Boot Lake Nature Preserve on Thursday, June 20.

Beginning at 6 p.m., participants can join dog walkers and their four-legged friends for a naturalist-led hike exploring Boot Lake Nature Preserve. The hike route will have signs placed along the path, so participants can choose to walk at their own pace with their dogs, or join the group for a guided tour of the preserve. Water and doggy bags will be available for pets.

Those who bring dogs should make sure their pets are current on all vaccinations and must keep their pets on a leash (6 feet and under) while on the preserve. The event will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Boot Lake Nature Preserve is one mile northwest of Elkhart, off of C.R. 3.

More information on Boot Lake Nature Preserve and other upcoming events is available at, on Facebook @ElkhartCountyParks, or 574- 535-6458.

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