Leave No Child Inside

afterschool in the woods: weather wizards

Thursday, May 9 from 3:45-5 PM

Gibson Woods

Mix Up nature’s ingredients like wind, water and temperature and they  become something spectacular and powerful. Learn to use some basic weather tools, record weather data and even make a tool to take home.

i spy young naturalists

Gibson Woods

Dates: March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9

9:30-11:30 AM

$5 per child 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. For Ages 3-5 with caregiver.  Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.


Forest Trail

shadow science

All ages

Gibson Woods 

Tuesday, June 11 from 1-2 pm

Shadows are all around us how do they keep us cool? Can they be used to tell time? Explore the science behind all this and you’ll be ‘made in the shade’.

nature playdate

2019 Dates and Park: March 15- Lake Etta, April 19- Oak Ridge Prairie, May 17- Deep River, June 21- Three Rivers/ Bellaboos (outside), July 19- Buckley Homestead, August 16- Grand Kankakee Marsh, September 20- Lemon Lake, October 18- Stoney Run, November 15 Deep River

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 from 10-11 AM every 3rd Friday of each month.

afterschool in the woods: wetland exploration

Friday, May 31 from 3:45-5 PM

Gibson Woods

Join us as we take an adventure into the amazing world of wetlands. Please wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty.

Frogs at Deep River

Kids Insect Institute

All ages

Gibson Woods

Fridays, June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, and August 2 

Summer is synonymous with trails, buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies. What about some of the other cool but lesser known insects? Join us from 10-11:15 AM to investigate the lives of the fireflies, beetles, dragonflies and other amazing insects (-each session will focus on a different insect group.)