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.

Nature’s Bouquet Hike

All ages

Every other Tuesday, June 4-September 24 from 9:30-11 AM

(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.

Winged Wonders Walk

For Adults

Wednesdays,  June 12- August 7 from 9:30-11 AM

The skies are filled with animals in flight in our warm summer months. Which winged wonders will we witness each week? Will nature surprise us with something new? Join us and discover your favorite of nature’s wonders.

full moon hike

Ages 5+

Monday, June 17 from 8:30-9:30 PM

Summer is here and it is great time for a night hike in the woods.

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. 

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

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.

Black Moon Hike


Wednesday, July 31 from 8-9 pm

Learn what a black moon is and enjoy a summer’s night with a hike at Gibson Woods.

Summer’s Ending Hike

Gibson Woods

Friday, August 30 from 6-7:30 PM

Summer is winding down for another year. Join us as we enjoy an evening hike around the woods to steal a few more summer moments.

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