Even though our building is closed*, our trails are free and open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.
We invite you to come out and enjoy the Wonders of Nature…it’s good for the mind, body and soul.
ALNC will be opening for limited summer camp programs starting July 6th. Access to the building will be restricted to ALNC Staff and Summer Campers.
We thank you for your patience as we determine the right course of action.
Please stay tuned for more information and do not hesitate to contact us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note our facility’s date of reopen to the public is based on public health recommendations and other factors.
Tall stalks of snow-white and blue-violet indigo are poking up through ALNC’s prairie and on the East side!
This member of the pea family is named for its similarity to true indigo, ‘Indigofera tinctoria,’ which has been used widely for dyeing textiles a deep blue.
The sap of the wild indigo plant turns a shade of blue when exposed to the air, and has also been used as dye, but this dye is not as lightfast as true indigo.
It’s also important to distinguish this plant from wild asparagus. Young shoots of wild indigo can look similar to asparagus, but indigo is actually toxic to humans. Indigenous peoples made a tea from the root of wild indigo as an emetic and purgative in specific doses.
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