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.