Nature Feature: Blue Racer
Blue racers are an endangered snake species. They were once commonly found and now only have surviving populations on in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Oregon, and Washington. These snakes have a variety of habitats including open woods, meadows, marshes, and weedy lake edges.
Blue racers can be grey or blue in color with smooth scales. Their heads are usually darker than their body with a white throat, chine and belly. Adults grow to between 4 and 6 feet long. These snakes eat rodents, smaller snakes, birds, and insects. Though the snakes will bite if they are cornered or grabbed, they are not venomous. However, it is best to leave snakes and other animals alone and love them from afar!
Learn about other plants and animals on the MY LAND page.
Outdoor Fun: Nature Inspires Me T-Shirt Design Contest
Indiana has many beautiful landscapes, interesting natural areas, and amazing wild creatures! Let us know what inspires you by entering our Nature Inspires Me T-Shirt design contest. Explore outside, then show us what you love about Indiana's natural world by drawing, painting or creating your design on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Learn more about the Nature Inspires Me T-Shirt Contest, and send in your entry by April 27, 2017 for a chance to see your design on a T-Shirt!
Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University
The Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University is located on the Marian University’s campus. Its main focus is education and to create more sustainable citizens.
Open to school K-12 groups as well as the public, the EcoLab offers a variety of options for engaging with nature.
On 55 acres of land the space offers trails, an outdoor classroom, and a nature center.
During the summer the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab offers STEM camps for students and is always willing to host field trips any time of year. This fall they will host an Indiana Campfire in mid-October.
Open to the public from dawn to dusk anyone is welcome to visit the EcoLab on their own or participate in a hosted night hike or wildflower walks.
If you are looking for a nature activity to do on your own, the EcoLab suggests just exploring the natural world around you. Once you start exploring you never know what you may find before you even hit a trail.. Plan your visit to the EcoLab!