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Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

6201 Parrish Ave.
Hammond, IN 46320
Phone: 219-844-3188


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 such as 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 hikes 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 park is open Tuesdays-Sundays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. March through October. Closed Mondays and holidays. The Environmental Awareness Center is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Private Bird Room reservations can be made by calling 219-844-3188.