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Deep River Waterpark

Turkey Creek Golf Course

Conway Observatory and CAS web link

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The Lake County Parks Department is committed to providing quality parks and open spaces along with many recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for the use an enjoyment of all Lake County residents and visitors.


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Celebrate National Astronomy Day at the Calumet Astronomical Center

Join volunteers from Conway Observatory and explore the skies in honor of National Astronomy Day. This FREE event takes place on Saturday, April 29 from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

17th Annual Native Plant Sale

Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. Gibson Woods will host its 17th annual Native Plant Sale. Planning your garden? Consider growing native plants! These plants help the overall landscape of the area, attract more butterflies and other pollinators, and overall lend to easier gardening.

Sunflower Sundays at Deep River County Park

Visit the park any Sunday in May at 1 p.m. for some hand's on learning about sunflowers. Plant, and water a sunflower seedling, and come back throughout the summer to watch your sunflower grow. Who will be taller by the end of August? You or your sunflower?

This program is presented by the Lake County Parks Department as a part of the Leave No Child Inside initiative.

Farm and Nature Walks at Buckley Homestead

The first of several Farm and Nature Walks will take place on Monday, May 8th at 4 p.m. Guests of all ages are invited out the 2nd Monday of each month to explore what's blooming, buzzing and braying around Buckley Homestead. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 4 p.m. to be led through the park by an experienced gardener and naturalist.

Take a Hike! at Gibson Woods

Free weekly hikes happening now at Gibson Woods! Join expereinced birders every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and see who is perching around the park.

Starting in May, weekly Dragonfly Hikes will also take place every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

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Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center

Anyone who has raised a child, watched a child, or remembers being a child knows that children PLAY - and through play they learn. That's why Bellaboo's is designed for children ages 9 and younger. Click the photo for details about Bellaboo's many fun activities. 

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Did You know that in 2018 the Lake County Parks will celebrate 50 years?

Stay tuned to learn what exciting new things will come in the next 50 years!

Exploring Nature

Leave No Child Inside

Leave No Child InsideParticipation in outdoor activities in natural settings increases self-esteem, decreases Attention-Deficit Disorder symptoms, and contributes to early learning, emotional and physical development of children. Click photo.


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For reservations and more information about the Lake County Parks Call 219-769-PARK
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm Central Time (Chicago Time)

Lake County Parks and Recreation Department Corporate Office
8411 East Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Just west of Deep River WaterparK 4.5 miles east of I-65 on Route 30