Adult Educational Programs

Winter Bird ID

November 2 from 10-11:30 AM 

Gibson Woods

Many species of birds stick around for our cold Northwest Indiana winters. Join a park naturalist to find out what birds you still see and where to look for them.  A short outdoor hike will conclude the program, weather permitting. This program is designed for adults.

Name That Tune

Wednesdays from November 7 through March 27 

at 9:30 AM 

Gibson Woods

Increase your birding lists by enhancing your birding skills! Join us for this free program as we familiarize ourselves with the bird songs we hear in Northwest Indiana throughout the year. No program December 19, 26 or January 2. This program is designed for adults. Please register by calling 219-844-3188.

Rocks on the Beach: A History of Great Lakes Geology 

Sunday, November 18 at 1 PM

Gibson Woods

Beachcombing for rocks along the beaches of Lake Michigan is not only fun, but also serves as a textbook study into geologic story of Great Lakes region. Join us at as Dave Dolak, senior lecturer at the Science and Mathematics department of Columbia College Chicago, Calumet region native and graduate researcher at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, helps add new dimension of geologic appreciation to your next stroll along the beaches of the Calumet Region. 

Digging into the Past 

Sunday, January 20 at 1 PM

Gibson Woods

Have you ever wondered what the Calumet region was like before it was settled by Europeans?  How did traders and settlers impact the Native Americans? Les Marzalek, President Archeo Survey Corp., will be our guide on an exploration of the past. Join us to learn how Native Americans lived and how their influence is still seen today.

Amphibians and Reptiles of the Calumet Region

Sunday, Febuary 10 at 1 PM

Gibson Woods

The Calumet Region is where the eastern deciduous forest and the Midwestern prairie meet making the number of amphibians and reptiles living in here quite large. Alan Resetar, Field Museum manager of the collections, staff, and volunteers in Amphibians and Reptiles, will share his love and knowledge of this amazing group of animals .