Family Fun

Nature Walks

Monthly Farm and Nature

Buckley Homestead

Learn about the latest happenings on and around the farm as you walk through Buckley Homestead with gardener and naturalist Cathy Misch. Meet at the parking lot in front of the Visitor's Center and venture from there. Each walk will take a look at something different depending on the time of year, and interests of the group. Come out and join us every 2nd Monday May-October at 4 pm! (May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8) Would you like to do this tour with your scout group, garden club, or homeschool group? Schedule a Farm & Nature Walk by calling the Main Business Office at 219-769-7275 at least 3 weeks in advance.

Monthly Family Nature Walk

Gibson Woods

Bring the family to walk the trails with a park naturalist at Gibson Woods and learn about the oak savanna and its inhabitants. Join us each month to experience nature’s fascinating flora and fauna as the seasons change. Happening every third Saturday in March-August at 9:30 am. Program is free but registration is required, call 219-844-3188.

Forest Trail

Night Walks

Friday the 13th Almost Full Moon Hike

Friday, July 13, 2018 from 8:30-9:30 PM

Gibson Woods

Nothing spooky about this night when the moon is almost blocked out. Explore Gibson Woods as the sun is setting and learn more about your night senses.

Sunset Hike 

Friday, July 27, 2018 from 7-8:30 PM

Oak Ridge Prairie

Enjoy a guided hike alongside a Lake County Parks Naturalist. The evening sunset is especially beautiful at Oak Ridge Prairie, and the park has unique vistas where you can see the full moon rising. Gate fee applies.

Summers End Hike

Friday, August 31, 2018  from 6-7:30 PM

Gibson Woods

Summer is winding down for another year. Join us as we enjoy an evening hike around Gibson Woods to steal a few more summer moments. Please call 219-844-3188 to register. No organized groups please.


Kid Fun

Monthly Nature Playdates

Designed just for kids ages 2-6 along with their grown-up this series of playdates invites visitors get out and explore all their different Lake County Parks. Parks and their playdates: July 20 @ Gibson Woods, August 17 @ Oak Ridge Prairie (gate fee waived but must be pre-registered).

I Spy a Young Naturalist 

Gibson Woods

Foster a natural curiosity in your little one as you venture outdoors and ‘spy’ on what’s happening around Gibson Woods Nature Preserve. This program, designed for kids ages 3-5 with an adult, will include a story, craft, snack, and lots of outdoor exploration! This program happens every 2nd Monday of the month from March-December from 9:30-11:30 AM. This program is $5 per child with caregiver.

Slime, Scales, Shells Stroll

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 1-2:30 PM

Gibson Woods

This slime, scales, and shell stroll is more than just a tongue twister! We’ll learn about all the cool adaptations turtles, snakes, frogs, and toads have made to suit their unique lifestyles. All different types of these critters have made homes in Gibson Woods and on our stroll through the park we’ll hopefully spot a few!

Frogs at Deep River

National Hike Celebrations

Stay tuned for National Take A Hike Day!