Artifacts presentation and bike ride to be part of Wetlands Festival at Wolf Lake

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Information provided by the Wolf Lake Initiative

WHITING, Ind. (May 11, 2022) – Native American artifacts in the region will be discussed at the 22nd annual Wolf Lake Bi-State Wetlands, Wind & Water Festival on Saturday, May 28.

Sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI), the festival begins at 9 a.m. at Shelter #2, William W. Powers State Recreation Area, 12949 Avenue O., Chicago. Les Marszalek, an archeologist for more than 40 years, will talk about some of the 100 Native American sites he has discovered.

Most of these sites are located in the south suburbs of Chicago and have been recorded with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Others are located in Northwest Indiana. Marszalek is president of Gold Earth Science Club and Museum. His work has been noted by historian Mark Lawrence Mattson and cited in publications at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. He has spoken to numerous historical societies, museums, universities, and libraries in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago metropolitan area.

A 17-mile bike ride through the Wolf Lake watershed follows. Participants should arrive at 9:45 a.m. at the Visitors Center parking lot.

Bikers will see Powderhorn Lake, Indian Creek, Eggers Woods, George Lake, and Wolf Lake. Riders will return to the Visitors Center at about noon.

On-line registration is required for both events, and is available at www.wolflakeinitiative.org.

Registration deadline for both events is May 25. Bike riders are required to wear helmets. AWLI is a bi-state not-for-profit organization and land trust seeking to protect and enhance the thousands of acres within the Wolf Lake watershed.

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