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Michiana Group Springing into Action

By Hazel Stevens, Michiana Group Secretary

The Michiana Group finished last year with a flourish! While offering service projects and a myriad of program and outing opportunities, the new group elected an executive committee and established important committees, such as those working on conservation and legislation.

Naturalist Jan Ferris inspired the Michiana Group when she spoke to members
To celebrate the year's accomplishments, members enjoyed a covered-dish dinner. Our guest speaker was Jan Ferris, a naturalist, writer, photographer, guide, and owner of Sisters of the Earth Adventures. Listening to Jan was educational, inspiring, and funny. (Ask her about the Isle Royale moose story!) It is always a joy to meet new friends who embody the Sierra Club's mission "to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth."

This year brings with it many challenges and adventures. This is an important election year in all levels of government, and the Michiana Group is especially sensitive to this point when reviewing Indiana rankings in national environmental surveys and when meeting lawmakers who live in our area.

But while working on issues, we also have fun! Here is a sample of what we have done and what we offer:

  • Public forum on Indiana wetlands legislation
  • Hiking, camping, and canoe/kayak outings
  • Programs on orienteering, photography, rails-to-trails, river preservation
  • Speakers ranging from Indiana Nature Conservancy to organic farming
  • Service projects, classes, and national training on a variety of issues
  • Visits to Wolf Park, Pinhook Bog, Bodine Fish Hatchery, Indiana legislature
  • Trips to Manitou Island, Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier, and Canyonlands

Become active this spring! Your involvement and ideas are invaluable. Programs are held on the third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., at the Res, 13950 Scout Lane, Mishawaka, and outings and special events suited for a variety of interests, ages, and abilities are held through the year. Here are the group's upcoming monthly programs.

  • April 15: Foods from the Wild That Humans Can Eat with Jim Meuninck.
  • May 20: John Muir and Sierra. In May 1892, the Sierra Club was formed. Be inspired and challenged by the life of its founder, John Muir, the father of our national park system.
  • June 17. Indiana State Representative Tim Neese. Representing House District 48 (Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties), Rep. Neese serves on the Environmental Affairs and Local Government Committees.

For more information on Michiana Group activities, see the Hoosier Chapter calendar.

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Spring 2004