Rocks, ephemeral ponds, white oaks and hazelnuts all come together at Holley Savanna. The property is 79 acres in total, roughly 69 acres wet woods and 10 acres of high diversity low stature prairie. Perched on top of the Iroquois moraine in central Newton County, Holley Savanna splits two geographic regions: to the north formerly were extensive sand and muck soils of the Kankakee Marsh; while to the south were rich loamy soils of the Grand Prairie of Indiana. Rocks deposited by the retreating glaciers are present at Holley Savanna.


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  • Mushroom Collecting
  • Trails
  • Wildflowers




20 acres of woods and wetland, dappled in spring with ephemeral ponds, the James P. Vacendak Wildlife Reserve is a wonderful spot for amphibians. On a cold  early spring night in Newton County, tiger salamanders will crawl from hibernation and head to the recently unfrozen water. The salamanders move is driven by determination to breed in the pin oak wetlands. Salamanders mate and lay their slimy egg masses in the water as they have done for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The eggs will hatch and the young larva will eat large numbers of mosquito larvae in a race…


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  • Bird Watching
  • Mushroom Collecting
  • No Trails
  • Wildflowers