Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Awareness Center

The Outdoor Education Staff at the Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center offers group programs for all ages. The Center has a classroom for presentations, a hands-on exhibit area with live animals and a bird observation room. Three miles of trails along an ancient dune and swale landscape highlight the natural beauty of the nature preserve.


Reserved programs are tailored to suit the age, experience and grade curriculum of individual groups. All programs include an indoor presentation and an outdoor activity. Dress for the weather.

All programs are $2 per person, including adults, with a $20 minimum per group. Preschool programs are 1 hour with a 20-student maximum. Groups K-12 programs are 1 1/2 hours with a 40-student maximum. Registration and deposit are required at least 10 days in advance by calling 219-769-7275. For program content information call Gibson Woods Nature Preserve at 219-844-3188.

Going into the Woods
Program Season Grade Description
Into the Woods All year
All Overview of Gibson Woods with walk and live animals. Includes endangered animals, conservation and urban wildlife.
Tree ID
Fall 3rd grade plus
It takes more than a leaf to ID a tree. Learn the essentials that make identification easy.
Almost All About Birds Spring-Fall All Learn some little known facts about birds. Why is bird watching such a popular hobby? Do all birds eat worms? Why are they so important to the health of our environment?
What is a Wetland? Spring 3rd grade plus Learn about the importance of wetlands and what kinds of creatures depend on them.