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Pictured (left to right) Fiona, Quinn & Roxy Frey hold and learn about animals during Naturepalooza.

The 17th Annual Naturepalooza, held Saturday, June 25 at Rogers Lakewood Park was a major success. “We had more visitors this year than ever.  Scores of people, many new to the event, engaged in 20 plus free activities and exhibits.” said coordinator Walt Breitinger.  Lectures included two timely academic topics regarding native and invasive plants by botanist Dave Hamilla who provided recipes for wild edibles as Dr. Joy Marburger shared her slides of pollen from her research regarding native and hybrid cattails.  Lunch included a salad prepared with local invasive plants harvested by Kathy Sipple of 219 Green Connect.

Naturepalooza saw young and old enjoying the beautiful day outdoors in the shady grove, fishing off the shore, or out on the lake in canoes provided by the NWI Paddler’s Association. “I held a snake, saw live honey bees in an observation hive and built a birdhouse!” said one enthusiastic youngster, Ryder Dexter. He and his family came to help at their club’s 4-H Pollinator display and stayed all day for the inspirational activities.

Anyone interested in learning more about nature, conservation or aquatic ecology would appreciate this event held annually each June by Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group in cooperation with the Woodland Savanna Land Conservancy, Izaak Walton League Porter County Chapter and the Woodville Foundation.  Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehab Center, IWLA Mobile Archery Clinics, Valpo Lakes Area Conservancy District, Indiana Lakes Management Society, Porter County History Museum, and beekeeper Dr. Jerry Zimmerman are just a few of the exhibitors who contributed their time toward making the day enriching for visitors.

Pictured (left to right) Fiona, Quinn & Roxy Frey hold and learn about animals during Naturepalooza.

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