Limber Jim, portrayed by Ken Brunswick, tells visitors about his life in Adams and Jay Counties during pioneer times and answers questions about the Limberlost Swamp. Photo courtesy of Swiss Heritage Society
Limberlost's Nature Day
This celebration is held each June in Geneva,
Indiana, at the Limberlost State Historic Park to promote the
conservation of natural resources so encouraged by Gene
Stratton-Porter, an Indiana native who wrote eleven novels and
nine nature books, including the best-selling
A Girl of the Limberlost. Her
love of nature and the importance of nature to her characters
both spiritually and physically foreshadowed the concerns of
the environmental movement today.
Ms. Porter deplored the loss of natural habitat and
warned of ecological consequences of deforestation and wetland
drainage. Nature Day features speakers who focus on the value of
preserving wildlife habitat and on the wise use of natural
resources. Special emphasis is given to nature studies at Loblolly
Marsh Wetland Preserve on Nature Day. Nature Day includes tours of
Limberlost State Historic Site by van, wagon or hikes and nature
gifts for sale at craft booths. As the public becomes more aware of
the ecological value of wetlands, Nature Day should continue to be
an important educational event at Limberlost State Historic
Project materials include newspaper articles and a
newsletter article; four pages of text; a flyer; five photographs
on disk; and a video "Voice of the Limberlost."
Originally submitted by: Mark E. Souder, Representative (4th District).
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