Sierran Masthead

Chapter Outings Committee Makes Plans for the Summer

By Jane Fuller, Chapter Outings Chair

Despite unseasonably chilly and damp spring weather, 14 Hoosier Chapter members from all over the state came out for a hike outing and the Chapter Outings Committee meeting at McCormick’s Creek, our first Indiana State Park.

We started the day hiking through the Wolf Cave Nature Preserve, where we were treated to an unexpectedly varied wildflower display. We were even able to peek at a red-backed salamander under a log, giving us hope that no matter what the thermometer said, spring was truly here.

Enjoying the outing at McCormick’s Creek State Park are Ruth Jarrett, Jeffrey Miller, Jon Creek, Jayne Langan, Jane Fuller, Shondra Zaborowski, Andrew and Eden Zaborowski, Pete Banta, Ruth Bicknese, and Joe and Jo Sullivan. Photo by Pete Banta

The Contra dance group that was meeting at the park that weekend graciously agreed to share their space with us so that we had a warm and comfortable place to have lunch and discuss the ongoing development of our chapter outings program. Participants ranged from Sierra Club “oldtimers” to probably our youngest-ever participant, Eden Rose Zaborowski at just 11 weeks old.

Outings for the summer were scheduled (see outings schedule). First aid training was discussed, and many members expressed interest in Wilderness First Aid training if it could be arranged at a reasonable location and price.

We decided to assemble first aid kits that will be based at the chapter office and with each group and committee so that every outings leader will have access to adequate supplies for first aid.

Next Meeting Scheduled for June 28

Our next Chapter Outings Committee meeting was scheduled for Saturday, June 28. The meeting will be held at Dunewood campground, which is part of the Indiana National Dunes National Lakeshore. Chapter Outings Committee meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend; you don’t have to want to lead an outing to participate in the committee.

Camping is available at the campground. If you want to camp, please contact me beforehand so that I can make arrangements for reserving sites. I have scheduled a special hike to the Pinhook Bog, a restricted area that requires accompaniment by a park ranger. You will see classic bog plants, including carnivorous plants. There may even be a few early blueberries, which you are allowed to pick and eat while on the hike. The Pinhook Bog hike is limited to 15 people, so pre-registration is required. Please consider attending a Chapter Outings Committee meeting. We value your ideas and feedback. If you cannot attend but have ideas or information to contribute to improving chapter outings, contact me at (219) 942-0076 or

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Summer 2003