Limberlost to host guided tour of Rainbow Bottom

Staff Writer

By JANNAYA ANDREWS
Decatur Daily Democrat

    A naturalist from the Limberlost State Historic Site will lead a guided tour of Gene Stratton-Porter's Rainbow Bottom from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. April 28. Participants will meet at the Limberlost Visitor Center, then drive to the hike site, just north of Geneva for a leisurely hike through Rainbow Bend Park.
    “Rainbow Bottom was one of the wetland areas around Geneva that Gene Stratton-Porter studied, photographed and wrote about,” said Curt Burnette, naturalist and program developer for the Limberlost State Historic Site. “It is the floodplain (bottomland) of the Wabash River northeast of Geneva.”
    Hikers will learn about plants and wildlife, as well as the area's historical significance to settlers and the Miami Indians. Hikers may see evidence of beavers or spot bald eagles overhead. A visit to giant sycamore trees will be a highlight of hike.  
    The cost is $4 per person. Participants should dress appropriately for hiking and the weather.
    For more information on this event, contact Burnette at 368-7428 or by email ar cburnette@indianamuseum.org.  
    Limberlost State Historic Site in Adams County, and the Loblolly Marsh Wetland Preserve in Jay County, are located near Geneva in northeastern Indiana. Part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Limberlost admission is free for Indiana State Museum & Historic Site members. General admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for children (ages 3-17). The Limberlost is located at 200 E. 6th Street in Geneva, just off U.S. 27.
 

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