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Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

  • 6201 Parrish Ave.
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Region: Hammond
  • Phone: (219) 844-3188
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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.

Family Nature Walks

  • September 16, 2017 - November 18, 2017
  • Location: Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
  • Address: 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, IN 46320
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday

Get the entire family outdoors and witness the changing seasons unfold. There is always something new to observe and appreciate in nature. A Naturalis... View Details

Birding Northwest Indiana

  • September 21, 2017 - February 15, 2018
  • Location: Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
  • Address: 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, IN 46320
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday

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

Fall Color Walk

  • October 13, 2017
  • Location: Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
  • Address: 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, IN 46320

Fall is full of wonderful changes from landscapes, cooler weather, and pleasant walks outdoors. Our native trees, grasses, and other plants display di... View Details

Back from the Brink: Restoring the Calumet River

  • November 12, 2017
  • Location: Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
  • Address: 6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, IN 46320

Register by November 10th by calling 219-844-3188The Grand Calumet River was described by Chicago Tribune in the 1960s as “as most polluted river in t... 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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