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In addition to cross country skiing, sledding, and skating there are other ways to get out and go play and explore in winter.

Winter Solstice Almost Full Moon Hike and Campfire

December 21 2018 from 6-7:30 PM

Oak Ridge Prairie

Enjoy the shortest day of the year and the start of calendar winter with a guided hike by the almost full moon, followed by a campfire (with snacks) at Oak Ridge Prairie. Please dress for the weather. $5 fee per person. Please register by calling 219-844-3188. No organized groups, please.

Cookie Burner Hike

December 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Oak Ridge Prairie

Burn off those holiday calories with a hike around the prairie at Oak Ridge. Please dress warmly. Program recommended for ages 8 and up. Please register by calling 219-844-3188. No organized groups, please.

BYO Snowshoe Hike

January 12, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 

 Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

Enjoy Gibson Woods in winter with a guided snowshoe hike. Must bring own snowshoes! If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing, we will offer a traditional hike instead. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Please register by calling 219-844-3188. No organized groups, please.

BYO Snowshoe Hike

January 21, 2019, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 

 Oak Ridge Prairie

Explore Oak Ridge Prairie trails in the winter on a guided snowshoe hike. Must bring own snowshoes! If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing, we will offer a traditional hike instead. Please register by calling 219-844-3188. No organized groups, please.

Backyard Bird Count

 February 15 - 18 2019 from 11 AM - 4 PM

Gibson Woods

Need to get out of the house during these winter days but want to do something different? Join in a worldwide bird count right from the bird viewing room at Gibson Woods  Stop by any of these days and simply tally the numbers of the kinds of birds you see. We have tools for you to use on site. Help learn more about the birds of our neighborhood. For all ages! 

Name that Tune

Wednesdays from January 9-March 27 from 9:30 - 11:00 AM 

 Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

Increase your birding lists by enhancing your birding skills! Join us for this free program as we familiarize ourselves with the bird songs we hear in Northwest Indiana throughout the year. This program is designed for adults. Please register by calling 219-844-3188.