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Celery Bog in West Lafayette, Indiana
Visit West Lafayette, Indiana and discover the Celery Bog containing approximately 185 acres of wetlands, adjacent woods and fields. A local favorite for wildlife observation and trail hiking.
History: For much of the 20th century this wetland was drained and farmed. Celery, as well as other crops, was grown in the rich peat of the drained wetland. However, the agricultural drainage system constantly failed, which resulted in the termination of farming in the wetland. Thus, part of the former wetland has gradually reverted to wet conditions. The wetland and important nearby sites are now preserved as the Celery Bog Nature Area. This area is listed as a “significant ecological site” by the Indiana Natural Heritage Program.