SAWYER — Throughout the month of July, Chikaming Open Lands (COL) and the Rotary Club of Harbor Country are organizing the #10Trail Challenge, a program designed to highlight local hiking trails in Michiana.
At any time during July, participants in the Challenge can hike any or all of the following 10 trails in the area: COL’s Robinson Woods Preserve, Jens Jensen Preserve, and Turtle Creek Preserve; Berrien County’s Galien River County Park; St. Joseph County Indiana’s Spicer Lake Nature Preserve; Chikaming Township’s Chikaming Township Park and Preserve; the Village of Three Oaks’ Hoadley Nature Trail; Warren Dunes State Park; the Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s Ambler Flatwoods Nature Preserve; and Fernwood Botanical Gardens and Nature Preserve.
Participants must pre-register by filling out an online registration form, found on the COL website at www.chikamingopenlands.org/10trailchallenge. Along the trail in each of these natural areas, COL and Rotary will install picture frame “selfie stations.” Participants are asked to take a photo of themselves at these stations, and tag COL on Instagram using #10trail and #chikamingopenlands, and/or post the photo on Facebook tagging @chikamingopenlands. Those not using social media may email COL their photos at email@example.com. COL will track the photo submissions throughout the month. Participants who hike any three or four trails will win a free ice cream cone at Scoops Ice Cream in Bridgman. Those who hike any five to nine of the trails will receive a turkey sandwich at The Peasant’s Pantry in Sawyer. Participants who hike all 10 trails will win a “Pick Three Combo Platter” (choice of BBQ ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken or smoked ham) from New Buffalo Bill’s in New Buffalo. Photo submissions will be tallied and prizes awarded on Aug. 1, 2019.