Two-hour program to take place at Coffee Creek Watershed Nature Preserve
Purdue University Northwest, in partnership with the Coffee Creek Watershed Nature Preserve and the Nature Conservancy, will host a tree identification workshop in the Coffee Creek Watershed Nature Preserve in Chesterton from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday July 8.
PNW Professor of Biology Young Choi will lead the workshop, which will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the trees indigenous to the area and to discuss the natural history and ecology of the Coffee Creek, Little Calumet River, and Lake Michigan watershed in Northwest Indiana.
Choi’s primary research areas of interest are plant ecology and restoration ecology. His work focuses on restoration of sand dune communities, oak savannas, prairies and wetlands in the southern coastal areas of Lake Michigan. He is leading a project to study the potential effects of atmospheric deposition of nitrogen on native plant communities in the Lake Michigan sand dunes.
Funded in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, this event is open to the public and is free of charge. No prior reservations are required but participants are asked to register at the preserve’s pavilion on the day of the workshop. In the event of rain, the workshop will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 9. Driving directions may be accessed on the preserve website.