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                                                 Welcome to #10Trail Challenge, a great way to explore the trails of Michiana!

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Please fill out a participation form and register for the #10Trail Challenge. 

Link to registration form found HERE.

Registration is free, please have one registration per household under one social media handle. 

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Go out and explore what Michiana has to offer! During the month of July, Chikaming Open Lands is proud to partner with The Rotary Club of St. Joseph-Benton and Harbor Country, non-profit nature centers, township parks, county parks, the DNR, local colleges and businesses to bring you 15 nature preserves. You have the option to hike any 10 out the 15 trails that you want. You can find information and directions for each of the preserves by clicking on their names: 

      1.Lydick Bog Nature Preserve

      2. St. Patrick's County Park

      3. Burns Prairie Preserve

      4. Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve

      5. Edward and Elizabeth Leonard Wildlife Preserve

      6. Jens Jensen Preserve

      7. Warren Dunes State Park * parking at Floral Lane Entrance

      8. Fernwood Botanical Gardens

      9. Mt. Tabor Trails

     10. Baroda Township Park

     11. Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary

     12. Riverview Park

     13. Lake Michigan College

     14. Sarett Nature Center

     15.Paw Paw River County Park


Find selfie station location clues HERE.


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We expanded the #10Trail Challenge to include 15 trails in our area. You still have the option to hike any 10 out of the 15 trails that you want. Want to take the challenge even further? Take it to the extreme, the Extreme15! Hike all 15 trails and you will receive the prize for completing 10 trails and in addition you will be eligible to win a larger Extreme15 prize in a special drawing that is available only for those that have completed all 15 trails! 

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Once you are out on the trails look for the #10Trail Challenge picture frame selfie stations! Snap a pic and hashtag us on Instagram with #10trail AND #chikamingopenlands. Don't have Instagram? You can also tag us on Facebook or email us the selfie pictures at col@chikamingopenlands.orgCOL must receive selfie station pictures for participants to claim prizes. Frames will be out from July 1 to July 31.

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Hike any 10 of the 15 trails, send in the selfies, and win prizes!

Hike any 5 to 9 trails, send in the selfies, and win prizes!

Take it to the extreme, the Extreme15! If you hike all 15 trails you will receive the prize for completing 10 trails and in addition you will be eligible to win a larger Extreme15 prize in a special drawing that is available only for those that have completed all 15 trails! 

Prizes will be announced mid-June, check back for updates!

Many thanks to our Sponsor, Rotary Club of Saint Joseph - Benton Harbor and Harbor Country!    

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Bathrooms - Bathroom facilities are not offered at most preserves. Please "take care of business" before you begin your hike to have a comfortable and fun day!

Dog Policy - Dogs are permitted on most preserve trails but must be on a 6 foot leash at all times. Please pick up after your pet. **Dogs are NOT permitted at Fernwood Botanical Gardens, Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary, Lake Michigan College OR Sarett Nature Center, sorry for the inconvenience

Picture Policy - By submitting your photos, you give us permission to share them on our website, Instagram page, Facebook page, or in print materials.  

Commonly Asked Questions

What is appropriate hiking attire?

Wear sturdy hiking shoes as you may encounter uneven terrain and wet/muddy spots along the trails may be possible. Protect yourself from biting insects such as flies, mosquitoes and ticks by wearing long pants, a hat/bandanna and applying insect repellent. 

Which trail do I take?

Most of the trails have multiple trail systems. Follow this link to find the selfie station location clues.

Are the preserves only open on the weekends?

No, most hiking trails are open everyday from dawn until dusk, with the exception of Fernwood Botanical Gardens, St. Patrick's County Park, and Sarett Nature Center please visit website for hours of operation. For #10Trail Challenge you can visit them whenever it is convenient for you. You also do not need to visit the trails in numbered order and don't forget you have the entire month of July to complete this challenge, take your time!

Can I win BOTH gift card prizes?

Sadly, you cannot win both prize amounts. This tiered system allows you to hike as many trails that you are comfortable with while still being eligible to win a prize. If you hike all 15 trails you will receive the prize for completing 10 trails and in addition you will be eligible to win a larger Extreme15 prize in a special drawing that is available only for those that have completed all 15 trails! 

When will I receive my prize?

The #10Trail Challenge will start on July 1st and end on July 31st. COL will contact all winners at the end of July and will send out gift cards in the mail, or gift cards can be picked up at the COL office. The drawing for the #Complete15 winner will be announced and contacted the day after the #10Trail Challenge ends.

Will any staff be available at preserves?

Due to limited number of staff, we will not be available at the preserves. Please contact the COL office at (269) 405-1006 with any questions or concerns.


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