Leave No Child Inside

i spy young naturalists

Gibson Woods

Dates: March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9

9:30-11:30 AM

$5 per child with caregiver

Foster that natural curiosity in your little one by venturing outdoors to ‘spy’ what’s happening at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve. Each session will include a story, craft, snack and plenty of outdoor exploration. For Ages 3-5 with caregiver.  Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.

Nature’s Fireworks

All ages

Oak Ridge Prairie

Tuesday, July 2 from 8:30-9:30 AM

Independence Day are just days away- join us as we learn about bioluminescence and check out nature’s light show. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, and other scout groups are welcome to attend, but families must register individually.

Forest Trail

nature playdate

2019 Dates and Park: March 15- Lake Etta, April 19- Oak Ridge Prairie, May 17- Deep River, June 21- Three Rivers/ Bellaboos (outside), July 19- Buckley Homestead, August 16- Grand Kankakee Marsh, September 20- Lemon Lake, October 18- Stoney Run, November 15 Deep River

Discover the natural wonders of the Lake County Parks during a monthly play date. We will meet at a different park each month to see what nature has in store to explore. Ages 2-6 with caregiver.  Play dates are from 10-11 AM every 3rd Friday of each month.

Fairy House Fun

All ages

Stoney Run

Saturday, June 8 from 3-4:30 PM

Nature is full of lots of surprises-maybe even fairies! Participants will build a house in the woods for faries and nature’s friends to visit. The simplest challenge of creating a fairy house gives children a unique activity that encourages them to go outside and connect with the natural world, while nurturing care and respect for the environment. Please dress for the weather. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout groups are welcome to attend, but other families must register.

Kids Insect Institute

All ages

Gibson Woods

Fridays, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, and August 2 

Summer is synonymous with trails, buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies. What about some of the other cool but lesser known insects? Join us from 10-11:15 AM to investigate the lives of the fireflies, beetles, dragonflies and other amazing insects (-each session will focus on a different insect group.)

Frogs at Deep River