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NICHES mission is to protect, restore and sustain northern Indiana’s ecosystems by providing habitat for native species and offering natural places for education, appreciation and enjoyment of current and future generations.

 

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BOARD OFFICERS



President: Dan Towery
Vice-President: Linda Anderson

Treasurer: Bill McFee
Secretary: Bill Arthur


BOARD MEMBERS


Shirley Burd
Tom Busch
John Burns
Wes Crawford
Don Franzmeier
Nancy Grenard
Mike Jenkins
Bonnie Maxwell
Guillermo Pardillo
Jason Rakoczy
Matt Washburn

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The Numbers

Approximately 15 MILES OF PUBLIC TRAILS
EXPLORE PRAIRIE, WOODLAND & WETLAND
NEARLY 3100 ACRES PRESERVED
FREE & OPEN DAWN TO DUSK
DISCOVER RESERVES ACROSS 13 COUNTIES
PADDLE ALONG INDIANA WATERWAYS

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Jan 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Weekly NICHES Workday 10am - 12pm @ Clegg Garden | Lafayette | Indiana | United States
Contribute to the ongoing care of Clegg Garden by attending the workday led by a member of NICHES staff.  Arrive at 9:30 for coffee / tea and a conversation about the task for the workday. [...]
Wednesdays in the WILD - Herbivory & Neonicotinoids: The Effects of Agricultural Pesticides on Milkweeds & Monarchs @ Lily Nature Center | West Lafayette | Indiana | United States
Paolo Olaya-Arenas (Purdue PhD Student, Department of Entomology) will share results of her research which looked at the presence of agricultural pesticides on milkweeds adjacent to farm fields, and the resulting use of those plants[...]
Jan 31 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Weekly NICHES Workday 10am - 12pm @ Clegg Garden | Lafayette | Indiana | United States
Contribute to the ongoing care of Clegg Garden by attending the workday led by a member of NICHES staff.  Arrive at 9:30 for coffee / tea and a conversation about the task for the workday. [...]
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wednesdays in the WILD - Maple Syrup Making @ Lily Nature Center | West Lafayette | Indiana | United States
Dr. Dan Cassens (Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources Professor) will demonstrate his equipment used for tapping trees. He will then walk us through the entire process of making maple syrup, from extracting the sap to[...]
Feb 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Weekly NICHES Workday 10am - 12pm @ Clegg Garden | Lafayette | Indiana | United States
Contribute to the ongoing care of Clegg Garden by attending the workday led by a member of NICHES staff.  Arrive at 9:30 for coffee / tea and a conversation about the task for the workday. [...]
Feb 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Wednesdays in the WILD - Native American Artifacts @ Lily Nature Center | West Lafayette | Indiana | United States
Artifacts help us learn and appreciate the history of people who lived in this area. Join Angie Manuel (Prophetstown State Park Interpretive Naturalist) for an afternoon of information and sharing. Steve Kerkhove (local collector) will[...]
Feb 14 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Weekly NICHES Workday 10am - 12pm @ Clegg Garden | Lafayette | Indiana | United States
Contribute to the ongoing care of Clegg Garden by attending the workday led by a member of NICHES staff.  Arrive at 9:30 for coffee / tea and a conversation about the task for the workday. [...]
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesdays in the WILD - The Bald Eagles of Indiana @ Ross Hills Park | West Lafayette | Indiana | United States
From extirpation to recovery, the return of the bald eagle to Indiana is an amazing success story. Allisyn Gillett (IDNR Nongame Bird Biologist) will share the details of the eagle reintroduction program, the current status[...]

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