Winter Recreation

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In addition to cross country skiing, sledding, and skating there are other ways to get out and go play and explore in winter.

Virtual Name that Tune

Wednesdays      November-February    9:30 - 11:00 AM 

Gibson Woods staff to the comfort of your own home

All ages

Increase your birding lists by enhancing your birding skills! Join us virtually as we launch into a weekly class to familiarize ourselves with the bird songs heard in Northwest Indiana throughout the year.  Online details will be sent out upon registration. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED; please call 219-844-3188.

Winter Wonder Walks

All ages

Gibson Woods

Saturdays, December 12, 2020,  January 9 & February 13, 2021


Enjoy the peace and calmness of the wonders of winter on a relaxed hike through the preserve. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED; please call 219-844-3188.

Cookie Burner Hike

December 28, 2020      10:30 AM - Noon

Buckley Homestead

Ages 8 and up

Burn off those holiday calories with a hike around the back 80 of Buckley Homestead. Please dress for the weather. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED; please call 219-844-3188.

Full Moon Stroll

Ages 5 and up

Gibson Woods 

Tuesday, December 29              5-6:15PM

Enjoy a winter evening stroll by the light of the last full moon of 2020. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED; please call 219-844-3188.

Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day around Christmas to count birds. You can participate in one of two CBC circles in Lake County. Contact the Sand Ridge Audubon Society for the circle that includes Gibson Woods and part of north Lake County (count date is late December); for southern Lake County (count date is Saturday, January 2, 2021), please contact Loyce Fandrei at

More information can also be found online at

Backyard Bird Count

February 12-15 2021 

Stay tuned for more info!