Celery Bog in West Lafayette is near the Purdue Campus. The bog is considered a significant wetland by the Indiana Natural Heritage Program. The rich peat was drained and farmed for celery and other crops for many years.
The area includes the Lilly Nature Center (closed for the rest of 2020). Enjoy paved trails, natural paths, five wetland basins spanning 105 acres, and sections of woods, savanna, and prairie.
The 195-acre property is a nature photographer’s paradise. Over 100 species of birds, other mammals, and wetland species inhabit the area. Trails lead visitors close to the water. Observation decks offer expansive views of the wetlands.
From Lafayette, take a leisurely drive north to Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. This property, near Medaryville, encompasses over 8,000 acres of wetland, upland, and woodland game habitat.
From late Fall through December, Sandhill Cranes migrate through the area in massive numbers. An easily accessible viewing tower offers guests a front-row seat to witness the majesty of these great birds.
Brian Horton, a friend from New Jersey, commented on “the wide range of opportunities to get close to nature. Urban settings like Celery Bog mean you can take all of those things in when you only have an hour or so. The Jasper-Pulaski area was incredibly accessible – good, well-marked roads, ample parking, great signage, etc. – and could easily be an afternoon or morning trip from many places around the state. What a great asset for the citizens of Indiana.”
Binoculars and telephoto lenses will enhance your visit to these extraordinary areas. Indiana’s natural diversity is close by – get out and enjoy!