Leave No Child Inside

i spy young naturalists

Gibson Woods

Every 2nd Monday of the month from 9:30 -11:30 AM

Dates: February 10, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14

$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

February 20- Green in Winter? March 19- Spring Begins  April 23- Earth Day Birthday May 21 -Wetland Wonders

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.

Spring Break Nature Day Camp

 Thursday, March 26 from 9 AM-3:30 PM 

 $20 per camper

Children grades K-5th 

Gibson Woods

Spring has sprung and nature is a great place to spend some time during spring break. Campers are asked to bring their own lunch in a reusable container. Light afternoon snack will be provided. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.

Forest Trail

nature playdate

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

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 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