Leave No Child Inside

after school in the woods: we all need trees

Thursday, March 21 from 3:45-5 PM

Gibson Woods

Trees are important for our everyday lives. Learn about some of the ways we need trees and get a hands-on experience with our local trees

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.


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.

afterschool in the woods: amazing amphibians 

Thursday, April 25 from 3:45-5 pm

Gibson Woods

April is National Frog Month so what better time to learn about frogs and their amazing amphibian kin? We learn some of their cool adaptations, crazy calls and the places they call home.


Frogs at Deep River