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

All ages

Every other Tuesday, April 22-September 24

(April 23, May 7,21, June 4,18 July 2,16,30 August 13,27, September 10,24)

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 native flora. Comfortable shoes and insect repellent are recommended.

weekly bird migration hikes

For Adults

Wednesdays, 9:30-11 Am

Spring: April 17-May 29

Spring is one of the best time to see a variety of migrating birds species including thrushes, warblers, sparrows and vireos. Walk with a park naturalist to see who is visiting the woods.

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. 

Full Moon Rising Hike

All ages

Friday, April 19 from 7-8:30 PM

Join us as we enjoy a spring sunset walk and watch the full moon rise. Please dress for the weather, as the trails will be wet this time of year.


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