at Gibson Woods

Walking on bridge at Gibson Woods

Did  you know that spending just 30 minutes outdoors each week can reduce  your risk of depression and high blood pressure by nearly 10%. Get your weekly dose of Vitamin N (nature!) with any of these hikes! Or just come out and explore on your own.

Nature’s Bouquet Hike

 8:30-10 AM | All ages

Fridays,  June 12, July 12, July 12, July 3 & 24, August 14 and September 4 and 25

More than 300 species of native plants are found at Gibson Woods, including a variety of rare and unique species. Join a park naturalist for a walk through the preserve to learn more about our flora. Comfortable shoes and insect repellent recommended.

Weekly Dragonfly Hunts

Tuesdays June 9- September 29 from 9:30-11 AM

Gibson Woods is home to 20+ documented species of dragonflies. Explore the trails in search of these amazing winged hunters.

Summer Solstice Sunset Hike 

 Saturday, June 20 from 7:30-9 PM

Enjoy the largest day of the year and start of calendar summer with guided hike at Gibson Woods. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but families

Unless otherwise noted, programs are free but donations are always appreciated. Pre-registration is also recommended,call Gibson Woods at  219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout groups are welcome to attend, but families must register individually. 

Winged Wonders Walk

Wednesday, 9:30-11 AM June 10- August 12 | All ages

The skies are filled with animals in flight in our warm summer months. Which winged wonders will we witness each week? Will nature surprise us with something new? Join us and discover your favorite of nature’s wonders.

Summer Nights at Gibson Woods 

 Saturday June 20 and July 25  open till 7 PM

Enjoy those long summer nights by coming out to Gibson Woods as we keep the preserve open later. Stop in to learn something new or just take a hike on the trails.

Hummingbirds: Talk and Walk 

Thursday, July 23 from 9-10:30 AM

Humming birds are a summer jewel. Carol Harsh Wild Birds Unlimited will be here to explain their lives and how to have them become backyard visitors. Afterwards, Carol and park naturalist will lead a hike looking for these gems in their native habitats. . Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but families

Check out our other Nature and Hike programs at our Lake County Park sites on our calendar!