Adult Educational Programs

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

Fall Weekly Bird Migration Hike

Wednesdays from September 4- October 2 2019 at 9:30 AM

Gibson Woods

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 who is visiting the Woods. Pre-registration required, call 219-844-3188. Program is free, donations appreciated. 

Tallgrass Prairie Hike 

September 17, 2019, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM 

 Gibson Woods 

The land looked much different when the settlers first came to what is now Indiana. Take a hike and ‘travel back in time’ to enjoy the beauty of the tallgrass prairie in autumn. Pre-registration required, call 219-844-3188. Program is free, donations appreciated. 

Name that toon

Wednesdays , November 6-20 2019 , December 4-18 2019, and February 5-26 2020 from 9:30-11 AM

Gibson Woods

Increase your birding lists by enhancing your birding skills! Join us each week as we familiarize ourselves with the bird songs we hear in Northwest Indiana throughout the year. Pre-registration recommended, call 219-844-3188. 

Southern Lake County Parks in Autumn/Winter

Thursday, November 14: Stoney Run Thursday, January 9: Lemon Lake Thursday, February 13: Grand Kankakee

From 9:30-11 AM

Enjoy our local autumn and winter wonderlands with a park naturalist at the parks in the southern part of the county. Please dress for weather! Pre-registration required, call 219-844-3188.

Geology of the Dunes Region of the Calumet

Sunday, January 23, 2020 from 1-2:30 PM

Gibson Woods

Calumet region native, Dave Dolak is a professor of Instruction at Columbia College of Chicago. As a graduate researcher at Indiana Dunes National Park, he will share his expertise on the geology of the Dunes Region.  Pre-registration recommended, call 219-844-3188. Ages 13 +

Full Moon Stroll

January 10, 2020, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

 Gibson Woods 

Join us for the first full moon of 2020. Please dress for the weather. Pre-registration required, call 219-844-3188. Program is designed for adults.

Valentine's Day Hot Chocolate Hike

February 14, 2020, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

 Gibson Woods 

Looking for a simple way to spend Valentine’s Day? Join us as we take a hike around Gibson Woods and then warm up with some hot chocolate afterwards. Please dress for the weather. Pre-registration required, call 219-844-3188. Program is designed for adults.

Name That Tune

Wednesdays, March 4, 11, and 18  2020 from 9:30 -11 AM 

Gibson Woods

Frogs and toads make all sorts of unusual sounds. Learn the peeps, croaks, grumbles and groans of the Calumet Region’s amphibian crooners. Pre-registration required, call 219-844-3188.