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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.



Adult Nature Programs


Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Bring Education and Animals to Gibson Woods

Saturday, October 22 | 1:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Dunes-Calumet Audobon Society

Do you know what to do if you find an injured or orphaned animal? Is it best to attempt to rescue or, or should you simply leave it alone? Join the Moraine Ridge Wildlife Center at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve to get the answers to these questions and more! In addition to their helpful staff, and educational booth MRWRC will also have several instructive animals in tow! Visit with a red rat snake, painted or box turtle, and a screech owl all while gathering valuable information on caring for wildlife. Call 219-844- 3188 to register.

The Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center was founded in 1997 with the primary mission to rescue, rehabilitate
and return orphaned and injured wildlife to the wild. Additionally, they strive to provide educational opportunities to the
community to promote informed and humane interaction with native wildlife. With over 850 animals already cared for
this year, MRWRC is doing great and important work, and the Lake County Parks is excited to have them out at Gibson

Back from the Brink: Restoring the Calumet River
Sunday, November 12th at 1 pm – Lecture
Register by November 10th by calling 219-844-3188

The Grand Calumet River was described by Chicago Tribune in the 1960s as “as most polluted river in the world”. Efforts have been ongoing by state and federal agencies, in collaboration with non-profit organizations and local municipalities to dredge and restore the river adjacent wetland and upland habits. This talk will partnerships and collaboration  that took place to use those settlement dollars to leverage federal funds to restore the river for fish and wildlife benefit as well as potential future.

Carl Woodrich, Ecological Director for IDNR will be here to tell about the joint effort from the Department of Natural Resources and other agencies to make the Calumet River a place to be proud of.

Call to reserve your place.

Winter Bird ID at Gibson Woods

Friday February 2 |10am
Free Adult Program| Reservations Required: 219-844-3188
Many species of birds stick around during the winter times in Northwest Indiana. Join a park naturalist at Gibson Woods to find out what birds you may find and where to look for them. You make be surprised by some pf the unexpected birds that stay around when the weather gets colder.  If the weather permits, we will take a short hike, and then return to Environmental Awareness Center to warm up in the “bird room” while watching at the feeder.

Maple Syrup- Backyard Sugaring Workshop
Saturday, February 10
10am – 12 pm

Do you love maple syrup as much as we do? Share your love for pure maple syrup with the one you love during the Valentine’s Day holiday. Learn how to tap a tree, collect sap and boil sap into yummy maple syrup. Workshop includes a starter kit for a backyard sugaring for each participant or couple, so you’ll have everything you need to start sugaring!
The workshop is Saturday, February 10th from 10:00am – 12:00pm at Deep River County Park. Workshop is $50 a person, $60 a couple.  This workshop is adults only. Families and children can attend the free public program in March. Registration is required and space is limited. Register by calling 219.947.1958.


Riding the Rails of History: The Story of the South Shore Line
Sunday, February 25th at 1 pm –Film
Register by February 23rd by calling 219-844-3188
A documentary film about America’s last interurban, The South Shore Line, tells the history and significance of the Northern Indiana’s only commuter rail line. Viewers will learn about the line’s beginnings in the early 1900s, its near demise then resuscitation by industrial magnate Samuel Insull, the struggles though the Great Depression, World War II and a changing transportation landscape, to finally being controlled though the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District as public entity that serves 4 million rides a year.

Few institutions are known as well throughout Northwest Indiana as the South Shore Rail Line. It has been an entity that has helped shape the communities of the area still serves as important role in the region. Many people note that the South Shore Line has had reaches beyond measurable statistics.

Producer Paul Nelson will be here to tell about his work and to answer questions about the South Shore Line. Copies of the documentary will be available for purchase. Call to reserve your place.

Birding Northwest Indiana
September 7, 21
October 5,19
November 2,16
December 7,21
January 4,18
February 1,15

Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a field trip to different birding spots in Northwest Indiana. Fieldtrips will begin at Gibson Woods at 9 am and participants can carpool to various locations where migrants and wintering birds have been seen. Locations will be decided the week prior to each trip. Trips happen the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

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