at Gibson Woods

on the trail

Did  you know that spending just 30 minutes outdoors each week can reduce  your risk of depression and high blood pressure by nearly 10%. Get your weekly dose of Vitamin N (nature!) with any of these hikes! Or just come out and explore on your own.

Weekly Bird Migration Hike 

Wednesdays, 9:30-11 AM |For adults

Spring: April 15- May 27 

Fall: August 19-October 7

Spring and Fall are great times to see a variety of migrating bird species including thrushers, warblers, sparrows and vireos. Walk with a park naturalist to see who is visiting the Woods.

Earth Day Afternoon Hike

Wednesday, April 22 from 1-2:30 PM |All ages

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by hitting the trails for a spring afternoon hike. Please dress for weather, as trails will be wet this time of year. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.


Unless otherwise noted, programs are free but donations are always appreciated. Pre-registration is also recommended; call Gibson Woods at 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.

Spring Break Night Hike 

Friday, March 27 from 7-8 PM| For ages 5 and up

Come explore and enjoy early spring sights and sounds as we explore the park at night. Please dress for weather, as trails will be wet this time of year. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but families must register individually.

Afterschool in the Woods: Earth Day Birthday

Thursday, April 23 from 4-5 PM |All ages

Earth Day celebrates 50 years in 2020, so let’s honor nature with homemade hats and a trail hike!

Tree-rific Tree Trek

Friday, April 24 from 6-7 PM| All ages

Help us celebrate Arbor Day with a trek learning about some of the trees in the preserve and great things to do. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.

Check out our other Nature and Hike programs at our Lake County Park sites on our calendar!