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OUTDOORS: Dygert nature preserve offers spring wonders

May 17, 2013

Frances Brown reads a book in the Dygert Nature Preserve. The preserve, which is north of Columbia City, offers hiking trails and glimpses of wildflowers in season. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — A nature preserve north of Columbia City may be off the beaten path to the public, but those who have been there know it’s worth the trip.

The Evelyn and Wendell Dygert Nature Preserve has been open to the public since 2001. It is located in Thorncreek Township, about four miles north of Columbia City on County Road 50 West.

Clay Geiger, a long-time resident of Thorncreek, said he enjoys going to the preserve many times a year — particularly right now.

“It’s great for wildflowers, and right now it’s at the peak,” he said.

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