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Turkey Creek Golf Course

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The Lake County Parks Department is committed to providing quality parks and open spaces along with many recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities for the use an enjoyment of all Lake County residents and visitors.


Buckley Homestead

Nature, Walks and Gardens

A strong body of evidence suggests that physical activity in green spaces has stronger mental health benefits than physical activity in non-green spaces.  Being outdoors is associated with decreased health complaints, improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduced stress, improved general health perceptions and a greater ability to face problems (National Recreation and Park Association/Parks and Health).  

Walk the Park at Buckley Homestead
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays             6 p.m.              Through August 31        Free and Fun
Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot or join the group en route as they travel to the 1910 farm and around the historic site (route may vary through the season for variety)

Boost your mind; Stay healthy; Connect with friends and neighbors.  Starting April 1 (no April fool’s joke) join park manager, Becky Crabb, for a walk in the park.  “We will start slowly for a short time (10 minutes) and build speed and distance over the spring and summer weeks,” Crabb explains.  You may also walk at your own pace.  Having walking buddies has shown that not only do people tend to stick to walking, but they also enjoy the experience more.  The goal is to increase health while enjoying the beauty and ambiance of the living history farm.  “We will see Donald and Daisy ducks, Joey the ram, Snoopy rabbit, and Buck the horse as we enjoy the flowers and changing of the seasons,” Crabb adds.

Bloomin' and Buzzin' Nature Hikes at Buckley Homestead
Saturdays August 13, September 10, October 15                       9 – 11 a.m.

White Queen Anne’s Lace, fluffy Milkweed seed pods, tasty heirloom apples, noisy gray Toulouse geese, and
fluttering colorful butterflies—find all these and more on a nature hike at Buckley Homestead! Meet at the Visitor Center
parking lot to join in the walk that will take you past the native garden, through the 1910 farm, and on to other areas
to explore. Master gardener and naturalist Cathy Misch will lead you as you discover what’s bloomin’ and buzzin’ around
Buckley Homestead.

Native American Gardening
Buckley Homestead                Saturday Aug 13           Noon – 4 p.m.

The Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash) are interplanted to all work together in Native American gardens.  The corn stalk serves as a pole for the beans; the beans help add nitrogen to the soil that the corn needs to grow; and the squash provides a ground cover of shade that helps the soil retain moisture.  Seasoned Native American heirloom gardener, Cindy Deardorff, will be on hand to share her knowledge of many historic varieties of Native American plants.  She specializes in growing and processing these plants in traditional ways.  Follow the trail behind the pioneer farm to the Indian Camp to the Indian garden area. 


For reservations and more information about the Lake County Parks Call 219-769-PARK
Mon-Fri 8:30am to 4:30pm Central Time (Chicago Time)

Lake County Parks and Recreation Department Corporate Office
8411 East Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
Just west of Deep River WaterparK 4.5 miles east of I-65 on Route 30