Adult Educational Programs

These programs are designed for adults/ young adults. Unless noted otherwise, all programs are free but donations are appreciated.

Weekly Bird Migration Hike 

Wednesdays,  May 6- May 27 from 8:30- 10 AM

Gibson Woods

Spring and Fall are great times to see a variety of migrating bird species including thrushers, warblers, sparrows and vireos. Walk with a park naturalist to see who is visiting the Woods.

Butterfly Basics

 Tuesdays, May 26 and June 2 from 9:30-11 AM

Gibson Woods

Is it a butterfly or a moth? How do you tell the difference? Learn this and more about some of the more common butterfly species of the area.

weekly dragonfly hunts

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

Gibson Woods

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

Northwest Indiana Dragonfly Hunts 

Ages 15 +| $2 per session | 9:30-Noon

Practice identifying dragonflies as you walk with a naturalist from Gibson Woods at a various locations throughout Northwest Indiana. Bring binoculars and a camera if you like. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.

Thursday, June 11: Oak Ridge Praire, meet in parking lot by pong; gate fee waived for registrants.

Thursday, June 18: Fancher Lake (Lake Co Fairgrounds)/ Sauerman Woods, meet at east end of the lake by industrial building.

Thursday, June 25: Douglas Center- Indiana Dunes National Park (Miller), meet in parking lot.

Thursday, July 2: Deep River County Park, meet in parking lot by Mill

Thursday, July 9: Lemon Lake County Park, meet in north parking lot by lake

Thursday, July 16: Three Rivers County Park, meet at the south end of the parking lot nearest the picnic shelter