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Hoosier PrairieState Nature PreserveSchererville, Indiana

Hoosier Prairie
State Nature Preserve

Schererville, Indiana

  • Author: Mike MacDonald
  • Date Posted: Jun 1, 2016
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In this vast preserve, you hardly notice the surrounding industry and urbanization. Follow the quiet interpretive trail into an intimate oak savanna, lush with fanning flourishes of ferns.

In the September savanna at Hoosier Prairie, ferns begin to change color before the trees.

In the September savanna at Hoosier Prairie, ferns begin to change color before the trees.


  • Intimate black oak savanna with interpretive trail
  • Remnant prairie
  • Joyful, gymnastic ferns


  • Autumn color

Best Times to Visit:

  • May through September for wildflowers
  • Fall for the changing colors of the trees and also the foliage that covers the savanna floor

Mike’s Thoughts: Hoosier Prairie is a giant preserve, mostly prairie, spanning 2.4 square miles, but you wouldn’t know it from visiting. For years, I thought the preserve was small, with the only visible prairie being the field that abutted the parking lot. Later, I learned that the acreage was not the prairie at all, just a parcel of weeds. It turns out that the “prairie” in Hoosier Prairie is located across the road from the parking area where no trails exist. No matter. The accessible portion of this preserve is a gem.

During my first several visits to Hoosier Prairie, the little voice in my head would haunt me. From the moment I’d arrive to the time I’d leave, I’d hear the silly refrain, “Hoosier Prairie? Hoosier Prairie? I’m your prairie. I’m your prairie.” May this not happen to you!

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