Fun for All


World Water Day: Frog Frenzy 

Friday, March 22 from 6-7pm

Celebrate World Water Day by learning about some of our favorite aquatic friends—frogs! Discover the frogs and toads of the Calumet Region and their calls, and take a short walk to see if any froggy friends are out at the preserve.

Bird Banding Demonstration

Wednesday, March 27 from 10-11:30 AM

Gibson Woods

 Learn about the steps of banding and see birds in a unique way as Brad Bumgardner, Executive Director of Indiana Audubon Society, joins us for a bird banding demonstration. Limited seating available. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but families must register individually.

full moon rising hike 

All ages

Gibson Woods

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. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool ,scout , and other groups are welcome to attend, but families must register individually.

earth day clean up

All ages

Gibson Woods

Monday, April 22 from 9-10:30 AM

Come help make the Earth a little cleaner and greener by lending a hand to clean up the gardens and trails at Gibson Woods. Please bring gloves. Snacks and water will be provided. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.

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.

Gibson Woods Area

What’s the Buzz about Pollinators Walk 

All ages

Gibson Woods

Thursday, June 20 from 9:30-11AM

Pollinators are all the ‘buzz’ in the animal world, but why? Come to Gibson Woods during National Pollinators Week to learn about the importance of these national wonders and hopefully see some in action.

Milkweed and Monarchs, Oh My!

All ages

Gibson Woods

Friday, July 5 from 9:30-11 AM

Discover the amazing partnership that milk plants and the monarch butterfly have, as well as some simple ways you can be monarch scientist.

Magical Monarchs

Tuesday, August 6 from 10-11:30 AM

Gibson Woods

Butterflies come in all sorts of sizes and colors, but monarchs are probably the most recognizable. Explore their life cycle and the magical lives they live. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout , and other groups are welcome to attend, but families must register individually.