Planners for the 11th annual Winter Wonderland at Wolf Lake festival begin the first round of discussions at 4 p.m. Thursday, December 8, at the Environmental Education Center, 2405 Calumet Avenue, Hammond, IN.
Sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI), the festival showcases Wolf Lake and surrounding natural areas as a year-round resource for recreation and education. Its purpose also is to promote bi-state cooperation.
Invited to give presentations this year include Jim DeHorn on Trees of the Watershed, Walter Marcisz on Birds of the Watershed, Jeannie Regan-Dinius on the Underground Railroad, John Pastirik on Ice Safety and numerous speakers on Special Places of the Watershed.
Past activities have included, cross-country skiing and skating (bring skates) and Sellerski, a competition in ice safety conducted by John Pastirik, ice-boating demonstration, birding and hiking.
Students and members of youth groups in communities around Wolf Lake have registered to participate in the poster contest. Registration deadline is Friday, December 16.
Winners will be honored at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 14 at the festival. Families of participating students are invited to attend the ceremony.
Past festival exhibits invited to this year's event include Wolf Lake monitors by Dr. Young Choi, volunteer booth for Wolf Lake watershed restorations by AWLI, First Decade by AWLI and other local authors, development of a bi-state management guide for the watershed by AWLI, United Way of NWI by Chris Eller-Esparza, Native American artifacts by Les Marszalek, amphibians and reptiles of the Calumet Region by Alan Resetar of the Field Museum of Natural History, photo exhibit by Rod Sellers and art and nature by Jim Milkowski of Wolf Lake Creations.
AWLI is a bi-state not-for-profit organization and land trust dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the Wolf Lake watershed.