Leave No Child Inside

i spy young naturalists

Gibson Woods

Every 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30 -11:30 AM

Dates:  June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14

$5 per child with caregiver

For ages 3-5 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. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.

 “Green” Crafts 

 Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, August 5 from 1:30-3:30 PM

Gibson Woods 

For ages 4 and up

Reuse and recycle some common items from home into cool “green” crafts. Each session will have a different craft. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homestead, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but families must register individually.

Nature Rocks

Saturday, June 13 at 10 AM 

 Deep River 

$4 per person

Designed for ages 5-10

It’s a game of hide and seek with painted rocks. Paint your very own rock to hide (or keep). Next take a hike throughout the park to look for painted rocks. Then finish the day with a rock candy treat. Welcome to all ages. Hike is parent led!  Cost $4 per person. Registration is required by calling the park at 219-947-1958. Space is limited.

Forest Trail

nature playdate

 June 19- Grand Kankakee Marsh, July 17- Lemon Lake, August 21- Lake Etta, September 18- Buckley Homestead, October 16- Oak Ridge Prairie, November 20- Deep River 

From 10-11 AM

For ages 2-6 with caregiver 

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 every 3rd Friday of each month.

Insect Investigations 

Thursdays, June 11, July 9 and 30 from 10-11:15 AM

Gibson Woods

Summer is synonymous with ant trails, buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies. What about all the rest of the largest group of animals on the planet? Join us to investigate the lives of other amazing insects.

Nature’s Circle

 Friday, June 12, July 3 and 24 & August 14 10:30 -11:15 AM

Ages 2-6

Let’s learn to enjoy nature together at an outdoor circle time, as we celebrate the summer reading theme of “Imagine Your Story.” Read a story, sing silly songs, and have lots of fun, helping little ones comfortably engage in a natural setting. A short walk will end our time together.

Frogs at Deep River