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January 9, 2014

Woodlawn Nature Center to host upcoming events

ELKHART — Woodlawn Nature Center will host several upcoming events that are open to the public, including the return of PaleoJoe, the return of author Sandy Marie and “Sound, Science and Celebration.”

‘PaleoJoe’ returning to Woodlawn Feb. 21-22

Joseph “PaleoJoe” Kchodl, a paleontologist, author and pre-historian, will return to Elkhart Feb. 21 and 22.

In November, he made personal appearances in the area in connection with the installation of The Fossils of the Michigan Basin exhibit at Woodlawn Nature Center.

He will be available at the center from noon to 5 p.m. each of those days to guide visitors through the exhibit, answer questions and sign books.

“Fossils of the Michigan Basin” is being featured at Woodlawn Nature Center and will be until March 16. The Michigan Basin is a geological feature that encompasses parts of northern Indiana and includes Elkhart County. This area is rich in Devonian fossils that scientists say are more than 350 million years old, center officials said. This area is also known for Ice Age fossils, some of which can also be seen at Woodlawn Nature center.

PaleoJoe has written books for adults and children. His “Dinosaur Detective Club” series are a collection of fictional stories targeted for children from elementary through early junior high.

Former Elkhart resident publishes nature guide

Signed copies of Sandy Marie’s new book, “Meeting Mother Nature,” will be made available at Woodlawn Nature Center where she served as curator of the woods and resident herbalist for many years. Copies will also be available in the center’s library for members to borrow. The book can also be purchased online from amazon.com.

Her book draws from her 30-plus years in the field and offers practical guidelines for fully experiencing nature.

“Meeting Mother Nature” is a manual for harvesting and using wild plants. It is also a personal account of life and the wonders of nature that can be experienced deep in the woods or in one’s own back yard.

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