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Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

  • 6201 Parrish Ave.
  • Hammond, IN 46320
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Self-guided trails allow the public to passively use the nature preserve. The Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center, built in 1984 with a grant from the Land and Conservation Fund, houses exhibits that interpret displays such as the 6,000 year old Mastodon bones found right here in Lake County, live reptiles and amphibians, and educational displays. The Outdoor Education staff offers a variety of interpretive tours, programs, and lectures to the public throughout the year. Many local school children visit the preserve as part of their outdoor education curriculum. Interpretive tours include an indoor program and a hike into the dune and swale prairie. Programs are designed to fit the age and need of the school or group. Nature programs like bird and wildflower walks are held throughout the year.
The trails are open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. March through October and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. November through February. The Environmental Awareness Center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park and Center are closed on Mondays and holidays.

Birding Northwest Indiana

  • October 19, 2017 - February 15, 2018
  • Location: Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
  • Address: 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, IN 46320
  • Recurrence: December 7, 2017
    December 21, 2017
    January 4, 2018
    January 18, 2018
    February 1, 2018
    February 15, 2018

Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a field trip to different birding spots in Northwest Indiana. Field trips will begin at Gibson Woods at 9 am a... View Details

Tree Decorating Naturally

  • December 02, 2017
  • Location: Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
  • Address: 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, IN 46323

Join us for another year as we decorate Gibson Woods’ holiday tree with “natural” ornaments! From 1-3 there will be a variety of natural items such as... View Details

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