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July 20

Elkhart County 4-H Fair Booth

Location Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds
More info Ages: All
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Elkhart County 4-H Fair Booth

Stop by the Elkhart County Parks’ booth to see animals, park and event information and, of course, the turtle pond. Special reptiles and amphibians talk will take place near the Park Stage on Friday, July 27 at 1:15 p.m.

July 19

Hiking Club: River Preserve

July 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 07/18/2018 4:00 pm
Location River Preserve
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Hiking Club: River Preserve

July 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM

In July, the Hiking Club will trek a trail at River Preserve County Park. The hike will be 1.8 miles in length on mostly flat terrain. Meet at Benton Spillway.

July 17

Places of Elkhart: City of Elkhart

July 17, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 07/16/2018 4:00 pm
Location Elkhart Civic Plaza
More info Cost: Free (Limit 20) Ages: All
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Places of Elkhart: City of Elkhart

July 17, 2018 at 6:00 PM

River travel, railroads, industry, and scientific developments – the history of the City of Elkhart has it all. In this walking tour, museum staff will highlight buildings and locations in the city as participants learn about their role in the community and Elkhart’s impact on the region and the nation. Staff will also share historic photos from the museum collection so participants can compare and contrast how Elkhart looks today with how it looked in the past.

July 17

Nature Readers: H is for Hawk

July 17, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 07/11/2018 4:00 pm
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Nature Readers: H is for Hawk

July 17, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Nature Readers will discuss H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, a book about raising and rehabbing a wild hawk and how that journey also helps the author through personal struggle. Come prepared to discuss the book with others. Next month’s book: The Bees by Laline Paull.

July 14

Boot Lake Volunteer Work Day

July 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Preregister By 07/11/2018 4:00 pm
More info Cost: Free Ages: 16+
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Boot Lake Volunteer Work Day

July 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Lend a helping hand by assisting park staff in removing invasive plants from areas of the preserve. Assistance is much appreciated with work on our newest property. Snacks and drinks provided.

July 12

Curator’s Talk: Ted Drake

July 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Location Elkhart Public Library
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Curator’s Talk: Ted Drake

July 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Join Elkhart County Museum archivist Amy to explore Elkhart’s own Ted Drake, who spent more than 50 years as an accomplished illustrator, cartoonist, and fine artist. This program will detail Drake’s artistic beginnings during WWII, his advertising career in Chicago and beyond, and his love and dedication to fine arts.

July 11

Wednesday Bird Walk

July 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM

More info Cost: Free Ages: Adult
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Wednesday Bird Walk

July 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Join us for a beautiful summer walk through Lieber Nature Preserve as we encounter seasonal birds such as orioles, warblers, sandpipers, and other birds nesting in the park for the summer. Note: Due to limited parking, the group will carpool to the site from the Elkhart County Historical Museum.


The Wednesday Bird Walks offers information on proper identification, tips on how to spot birds and recognize them by ear, and the chance to find rare or unusual species found within the Elkhart County Parks.

WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars (a few extra pairs will be available for use) and comfortable walking/hiking shoes. Other items you may wish to bring: bottled water, a hat, bugspray, field guides, and a camera.

July 9

Epic Explorers

July 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Preregister By 07/02/2018 4:00 pm
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4 Ages: 10-15
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Epic Explorers

July 9, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Bring your bike and get ready to explore! The first Epic Explorers expedition will be a bike journey through Ox Bow. The group get to know the bike trails and explore as much of the park as they can while carefully observing the environment around them. Stops along the way will highlight specific flora and fauna. Explorers will record their observations and compare their findings at the end of the ride.

July 7

Nature Sketching Workshop

July 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Preregister By 07/05/2018 4:00 pm
More info Cost: $25 Ages: Adult
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Nature Sketching Workshop

July 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Explore your creative side drawing inspiration from nature through the art of sketching! This casual studio workshop will explore sketching techniques using different art styles and mediums, and will offer artists of all experience levels the chance to find their own creative approach in illustrating the natural world. All art supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a sketchbook and to dress for activities outdoors.

July 6

Wildlife Rehabilitation

July 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 07/05/2018 4:00 pm
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Wildlife Rehabilitation

July 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Hear amazing stories of rescue from local wildlife rehabilitator Dennis Badke as he shares his experiences working with injured and orphaned animals. During the talk, participants will meet live rehab critters up close. Dennis will answer questions about being a rehabilitator and knowledge of wildlife.

July 3

Nature Nuts: Reptiles

July 3, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Preregister By 06/26/2018 4:00 pm
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child, $3/additional sibling Ages: 3-5
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Nature Nuts: Reptiles

July 3, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Preschoolers are invited to meet live reptiles, learning how they are different from other animals and getting to know some of their amazing adaptations. A craft, story and snack will also be included.

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