Leave No Child Inside

i spy young naturalists

Gibson Woods

Dates: September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9, February  10, March 9 ( No January date) 

9:30-11:30 AM

$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.

Afterschool in the woods

Gibson Woods

September 19 - Animal on the Move October 17- Animals Show Offs November 14- Talkin’ Turkey (No December program) January 16- Winter Weather Wonders February 20- Green in Winter? March 19- Spring Begins 

From 4-5 PM

Nature is amazing and there’s so much to learn! Join us each moth as we discover new nature things together! For kids of all ages! 3rd Tuesday of the month September 19 2019 -March 19 2020 (No December program)

Story time in the Barn

Saturday, October 26 2019 at 1 PM

 Admission fee of $2 per person includes program

Bring your young child to a special story reading in the historic barn at Buckley Homestead County Park. 

vote for wildlife open house

Tuesday, November 5 from 2-5 PM

For ages 3 and up

Stop by to ‘cast your vote’ by making a craft of your favorite of our woodland animals. The trails will be open till 5 PM too for you to enjoy and see if you can spy them in the wild. 

Forest Trail

nature playdate

2019 and 2020 Dates and Park:  September 20- Lemon Lake, October 18- Stoney Run, November 15- Deep River, February 21- Gibson Woods, March 20- Deep River- Big Maple Lake

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.

Winter Fairy House

Monday, January 20 at Stoney Run

Monday February 17 at Deep River

From 1:30-3 PM

For ages 3 and up 

  Nature is full of lots of surprises-maybe even fairies! Come join us where we will build a house in the woods for fairies and nature’s friends to visit. The simple challenge of creating a fairy house gives children a unique activity that encourages them to go outside and connect with the natural world, while nurturing care and respect for the environment. Please dress for weather. Please register by calling 219-844-3188. No organized groups, please. 

Spring Break Fairy House Fun

Monday, March 23 at Oak Ridge Prairie

Tuesday, March 24 at Stoney Run 

Wednesday March 25 at Deep River  

From 10-11:30 AM 

Nature is full of lots of surprises-maybe even fairies! Participants will build a house in the woods for faeries and nature’s friends to visit. The simplest challenge of creating a fairy house gives children a unique activity that encourages them to go outside and connect with the natural world, while nurturing care and respect for the environment. Please dress for the weather. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.

Frogs at Deep River