Fun for All

These are programs kids and their families can enjoy as well as people of all ages! Unless noted otherwise, all programs are free but donations are appreciated.

Gibson Woods Area

Nature’s Bouquet Hike

Fridays, June 12, July 12, July 12, July 3 & 24, August 14 and September 4 and 25

From 8:30-10 AM

Gibson Woods

More than 300 species of native plants are found at Gibson Woods, including a variety of rare and unique species. Join a park naturalist for a walk through the preserve to learn more about our flora. Comfortable shoes and insect repellent recommended.

Winged Wonders Walk

 Wednesday, 9:30-11 AM June 10- August 12

Gibson Woods

The skies are filled with animals in flight in our warm summer months. Which winged wonders will we witness each week? Will nature surprise us with something new? Join us and discover your favorite of nature’s wonders.

Bee Happy

Thursday, June 18 from 1-2 PM

 Gibson Woods

Celebrate National Pollinators Week with us as we discover the importance of bees and their pollinator friends, and make a take-home bee hotel.

Sun-sational Summer Solstice Open House

Saturday, June 20 from 1-4 PM 

 $2 per person

Gibson Woods

Celebrate the first day of summer with some sun-sational experiments and crafts. Drop in between 1-4 PM and you’ll be “made in the shade”

Pond Exploration Days

 9:30-11 AM

Wednesday, June 17: Lemon Lake

Friday, June 19: Grand Kankakee Marsh (1-2:30 PM)

Tuesday, June 30: Deep River

Wednesday, July 1: Oak Ridge Prairie

Monday, July 27: Oak Ridge Prairie

Monday, August 3: Oak Ridge Prairie

Ever wonder what lives underwater in a pond besides fish? Join us as we collect and look at some of the smaller and spectacular species of the watery world. Wear shoes/ clothes you do not find getting dirty or wet. Gate fee applies at Lemon Lake and Oak Ridge Prairie. Designed for ages 3 and up.  Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but families must register individually.

Aquatic Creek Adventure

 Wednesday, June 10 and Monday, July 20 from 9:30- 11 AM

Turkey Creek Golf Course

Join us for a special aquatic adventure as we investigate Turkey Creek and who lives in it. Wear shoes/clothes you do not mind getting dirty/wet. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Limited spaces available. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but families must register individually.

Summer Nights at Gibson Woods 

  Saturday June 20 and July 25 open till 7 PM

Gibson Woods

Enjoy those long summer nights by coming out to Gibson Woods as we keep the preserve open later. Stop in to learn something new or just take a hike on the trails.

Summer Solstice Sunset Hike 

 Saturday, June 20 from 7:30-9 PM

Gibson Woods

Enjoy the largest day of the year and start of calendar summer with guided hike at Gibson Woods. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but families