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Celery Bog Nature Area

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1620 Lindberg Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906

Description: The Celery Bog Nature Area is a tranquil spot for wildlife and people alike. You'll find some unusual plants and the opportunity to view nearly 120 different species of birds. Rabbits, coyotes, opossums and other small mammals dwell there, as well as many amphibious creatures-all attracted to its rich and unique wetland habitat.

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How the Celery Bog got its name: For much of the twentieth century, the Celery Bog was a large vegetable farm which supplied fresh produce to more than 80 grocers in the region. It's easy to guess that celery was one of the major crops. Onions, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, peas and cabbage thrived there as well. Immigrants from northern Holland farmed the Celery Bog, using experience with similar soil in their native land. They tilled many acres, all by hand - watering with sprinkler cans when necessary. On hot days, the peat-rich soil smoldered: one year, the planting beds caught fire, burning for weeks. Drainage tiles and other scant traces of these pioneering farmers can still be found in the Celery Bog." The Bog contains five wetland basins covering 105 acres. It is listed by DNR's Indiana Natural Heritage Program as one of the "significant sites" in the state.

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The Lilly Nature Center at the Celery Bog adds opportunities for exhibits and educational activities. Programs offered throughout the year. Family Environmental Fun Packs are available for checkout from the Lilly Nature Center. The Lilly Nature Center is closed the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19.