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Family Nature Play Date – All About Birds @ Ivanhoe South

Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve 750 Colfax St, Gary, IN, United States

Curious about the difference between a bluebird and a blue jay, or what the song of our state bird, the cardinal, sounds like? Learn all about birds with this special Family Nature Play Date at one of our best birding spots at Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve.

Family Nature Play Date – Beyond the Monarchs @ Cressmoor Prairie

Cressmoor Prairie - West Entrance 615 W 40th Ave, Hobart, Indiana, United States

Most people know the iconic monarch, but what about the other butterflies? Learn all about why butterflies (and moths!) are important for our local ecosystems with the Beyond the Monarchs Family Nature Play Date.

Family Nature Play Date – Batty About Bats @ Ivanhoe South

Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve 750 Colfax St, Gary, IN, United States

Did you know bats are beneficial creatures that help eat pesky insects at night? Learn more about how these majestic mammals take flight and fight pests with this bat-themed Family Nature Play Date!

Family Nature Play Date – Mindfulness in Nature @ Cressmoor Prairie

Cressmoor Prairie - West Entrance 615 W 40th Ave, Hobart, Indiana, United States

Learn about the benefits of mindfulness combined with the calming effects of nature with our Family Nature Play Date at Cressmoor Prairie! Activities will include guided imagery and sensory activities for kids.

Family Nature Play Date – Forest Bathing @ Ivanhoe South

Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve 750 Colfax St, Gary, IN, United States

Experience the benefits of "forest bathing," or spending time in nature for its amazing health benefits! Even just a few minutes outside can significantly improve your overall health and boost your mood! 

Family Nature Play Date – Tree ID @ Cressmoor Prairie

Cressmoor Prairie - West Entrance 615 W 40th Ave, Hobart, Indiana, United States

Learn the basics of tree ID and explore different leaf shapes with your family at our Tree ID Family Nature Play Date!