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  1. I Spy Pirates: An Egg Treasure Scavenger Hunt

    April 9, 2020, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    An After Hour’s Interactive Theatre Experience maximizing Play on a real pirate ship! Collect traures as you hunt whimsical seafaring friends, An egg filled with gold treats awaits for all wee pirates that complete their treasure map quest. Bellaboo’s Café will be open. Pirate costumes recommended. Reservations required, call early to reserve your spot!

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  2. Week of the Young Child: Boats & Floats

    April 13, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    April 13-19 2020 The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The unique celebration really launches young-minds beyond their physical and mental relams with some adventure-filled space fun. “ This Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment- at home, at child care, at school, and in the community- that will promote their early learning.”

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  3. I Spy Young Naturalists at Bellaboo's

    April 13, 2020, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    The experts from Gibson Woods Nature Preserve are happy to provide interactive nature-based play perfect for children of all ages. Ms. Caryn always arrives with a variety of specimens, stories and adventures. Dig into different nature concepts with each session and discover the wonders of nature through the eyes of your child. All Spring/Summer: March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14 2020

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  4. Week of the Young Child: Boats & Floats

    April 14, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    April 13-19 2020 The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The unique celebration really launches young-minds beyond their physical and mental relams with some adventure-filled space fun. “ This Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment- at home, at child care, at school, and in the community- that will promote their early learning.”

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  5. Week of the Young Child: Boats & Floats

    April 15, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    April 13-19 2020 The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The unique celebration really launches young-minds beyond their physical and mental relams with some adventure-filled space fun. “ This Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment- at home, at child care, at school, and in the community- that will promote their early learning.”

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  6. Week of the Young Child: Boats & Floats

    April 16, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    April 13-19 2020 The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The unique celebration really launches young-minds beyond their physical and mental relams with some adventure-filled space fun. “ This Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment- at home, at child care, at school, and in the community- that will promote their early learning.”

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  7. Week of the Young Child: Boats & Floats

    April 17, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    April 13-19 2020 The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The unique celebration really launches young-minds beyond their physical and mental relams with some adventure-filled space fun. “ This Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment- at home, at child care, at school, and in the community- that will promote their early learning.”

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  8. Week of the Young Child: Boats & Floats

    April 18, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    April 13-19 2020 The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The unique celebration really launches young-minds beyond their physical and mental relams with some adventure-filled space fun. “ This Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment- at home, at child care, at school, and in the community- that will promote their early learning.”

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  9. Week of the Young Child: Boats & Floats

    April 19, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    April 13-19 2020 The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. The unique celebration really launches young-minds beyond their physical and mental relams with some adventure-filled space fun. “ This Week of the Young Child is a time to recognize that children’s opportunities are our responsibilities, and to recommit ourselves to ensuring that each and every child experiences the type of early environment- at home, at child care, at school, and in the community- that will promote their early learning.”

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  10. Early Earth Day Experience: All About Seeds

    April 20, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    It’s the little things( and people!) that can make a big difference to our planet! Invoke good earth stewardship early to reap its benefits in the future. Activities and instruction provided by the Lake County Parks Environmental Education Manager. The Parks traveling Nature Labs is visiting on this day with stations of nature play featuring where it all starts, seeds! “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to LOVE the earth before we ask them to save it.”- David Sobel

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  1. CANCELED: Spring Egg-citement Open House

    April 10, 2020, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Spring is in the air! Drop-in to learn about animals that hatch from eggs through egg-citing games and crafts. For all ages!

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  2. CANCELED: Quest for Croakers

    April 10, 2020, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM @ Oak Ridge Prairie

    Do you know about frogs and toads? Where do you think they live? Join us as we go on a quest for frogs and toads to celebrate National Frog Month. Please dress for the weather, as trails will be wet this time of year. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.

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  3. CANCELED: Orienteering Adventure

    April 11, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Stoney Run

    Outdoor adventures wanted! Learn or try your map and compass-reading skills on a new orienteering course at Stoney Run. In partnership with the Chicago Area Orienteering Club, 2 level of courses will be available for a unique nature experience. A beginner’s clinic will be offered onsite to teach you the basics or help you refresh your skills. Snacks and drinks will be provided afterwards. Please call 219-844-3188 for more information or to register.

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  4. CANCELED: I Spy Young Naturalists

    April 13, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    For ages 3-5. 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. All dates: March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14

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  5. CANCELED: Spring Weekly Bird Migration Hike

    April 15, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Spring time is the perfect time of the year 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. Program designed for adults.

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  6. CANCELED: Nature Playdate

    April 17, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Stoney Run

    Ages 2-6 with caregiver | 3rd Friday of month 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. Upcoming 2020 dates and locations: 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

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  7. CANCELED: Spring Around the Parks

    April 17, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Stoney Run

    Spring is a great time for nature exploration. Join in the fun as a park naturalist leads hikes at 4 Lake County parks. Please dress for weather, as trails will be wet this time of year. Friday, April 17: Stoney Run, 1-2:30 PM Wednesday, April 22: Oak Ridge Prairie, 10-11:30 AM Friday, May 1: Lemon Lake, 1-2:30 PM Friday, May 15: Lake Etta, 1-2:30 PM

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  8. CANCELED: A Beehive of Stars

    April 18, 2020, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Calumet Astronomy Center

    Learn about the nearest cluster of stars, called the beehive, that is part of the Cancer constellation. Members will be bringing their telescope and you can get a chance to get a closer look. For weather updates check out the casonline.org website.

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  9. CANCELED: Spring Weekly Bird Migration Hike

    April 22, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Spring time is the perfect time of the year 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. Program designed for adults.

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  10. CANCELED: Spring Around the Parks

    April 22, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Oak Ridge Prairie

    Spring is a great time for nature exploration. Join in the fun as a park naturalist leads hikes at 4 Lake County parks. Please dress for weather, as trails will be wet this time of year. Friday, April 17: Stoney Run, 1-2:30 PM Wednesday, April 22: Oak Ridge Prairie, 10-11:30 AM Friday, May 1: Lemon Lake, 1-2:30 PM Friday, May 15: Lake Etta, 1-2:30 PM

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  11. CANCELED: Earth Day Afternoon Hike

    April 22, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by hitting the trails for a spring afternoon hike. Please dress for the weather, as the trails will be wet this time of year. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.

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  12. CANCELED: Afterschool in the Woods: Earth Day Birthday

    April 23, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Earth Day celebrates 50 years in 2020, so let’s honor nature with homemade hats and a trail hike!

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  13. CANCELED: Tree-rific Tree Trek

    April 24, 2020, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Help us celebrate Arbor Day with a trek learning about some of the trees in the preserve and great things to do. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.

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  14. Public Hands-On Tours

    April 25, 2020, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Buckley Homestead

    Learn about life during the early settlement period of southern Lake County. Learn about chores, recreation, school work, and challenges of life during 19th century. Gift Shop will be open. Pre-register by calling 219-769-7275, $10 per person.

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  15. Spring Perennial Swap

    April 25, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Deep River County Park

    Spring is the perfect time to spice and change up your garden. At our plant swap happening Saturday, April 25 at 10 am you can exchange your current plants for something new without costing you anything. Just separate and pot some of your perennials and bring them to the swap, and leave with something new! Arrive early, plants go fast! Deep River’s General Store in the Visitors center will be open throughout the plant swap. MEET in the back of the parking lot near trail head for swap!

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  16. Grist Mill Tours Sign Up

    April 27, 2020, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM @ Deep River County Park

    At Wood’s Mill learn about water power, grist mills and John Wood. The miller will demonstrate how cornmeal is still ground. Then through hands-on activities like shelling corn, sifting cornmeal and tying a miller’s knot learn how technology and the grist mill made life easier on people of the past. In the photo a student is hand sifting the cornmeal. Dates: Tuesday to Friday (May-October) This tour can be adjusted to fit any grade / age group (first grade and older) Grades: 1st- 5th Price: $2 per person (children and adults) or $3 and each person receives a Deep River souvenir bag with postcard and two candy sticks. Group size: 15 person minimum and 90 person maximum Tour Time: Tours are 1 and 1/2 hour long. Tours can begin at 9:30 a.m. (arrival times may be adjusted to fit your group's needs). Larger groups may take more time to complete tour. Reservation and Deposit: $20 deposit required at least two weeks in advance by calling 219-769-7275

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  17. CANCELED: I Spy a Dragonfly

    April 28, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Ages 15+. Come and learn about the structure and behavior of the dragonfly as well as the various species of dragonflies common to Northwest Indiana. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.

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  18. CANCELED: Spring Weekly Bird Migration Hike

    April 29, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Spring time is the perfect time of the year 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. Program designed for adults.

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  19. CANCELED: Spring Bird Banding

    April 29, 2020, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Learn about the steps of banding and see birds in a unique way as Brad Bumgardner, Executive Director of Indiana Audubon Society, joins us for a bird banding demonstration. Limited seating available. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.

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  20. CANCELED: Spring Wildlife Hike

    April 30, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Stoney Run

    Stoney Run is a hidden gem for bird watching and wildflowers in the spring, but we will let you in on our secret and hope you will join us as we explore this great park. Please dress for weather, as trails will be wet this time of year.

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