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.

Bird Migration Hike


Wednesday, October 7, 9:30-11AM

Fall is a great time to see our feathered friends including thrushes, warblers, sparrows and vireos as they migrate back to their winter homes.  Walk with a park naturalist to see who is visiting the Woods. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Blue Jay Talk and Walk

All ages

Thursday, October 8, 9:30-10:30 AM

Are blue jays really the bullies of the bird world? Discover this and more as we welcome Carol Harsh from Wild Birds Unlimited to help us dive into the life of a blue jay. Afterwards, Carol and a park naturalist will lead a short hike looking for them in their native habitat. Masks are required for the indoor portion of the program. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

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. 

family Fall Nature Hike

All ages

Saturday, October 10 and November 14, 10-11AM

Fall is a great time to get the family outside to enjoy the changing of seasons. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

I Spy Young Naturalists

Ages 3-5 with caregiver

Monday, October 12, 9:30-11:30AM

$5 per child 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 story, craft, snack and plenty of outdoor exploration. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Afterschool in the Woods: Eight-legged Wonders

All ages

Thursday, October 22, 4-5PM

Nature is amazing and there’s so much to learn! This month, we will learn about things with 8 legs!

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