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December 3

Making Homemade Yeast Bread

December 3 at 1:30 PM

Register By December 2
More info Cost: $6/person Ages: 10+
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Making Homemade Yeast Bread

December 3 at 1:30 PM

Bonneyville Mill produces several types of flour that are excellent for making yeast bread. Attend this cooking class to learn how to make your very own yeast bread at home. The process will be demonstrated from beginning to end. Each participant will receive a 2 lb. bag of Bonneyville Flour for home use.

December 7

Wednesday Bird Walk

December 7 at 8:00 AM

More info Cost: Free Ages: 8+
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Wednesday Bird Walk

December 7 at 8:00 AM

The feeders are filled, and wintering birds are flocking to Bonneyville to grab a bite. Our group will meet at Briar Patch Shelter warming house to observe these feathered visitors up-close at the feeding station, then head out for an easy hike along the woodland trails. With luck, we may spot roving flocks of Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and Golden-crowned Kinglets, weaving their way through the pines in search of seeds.

The group will head out at 8 a.m. — please plan travel time accordingly.

December 7

Nature Nuts: Pinecones

December 7 at 9:30 AM

Register By December 5
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child Ages: 3-5
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Nature Nuts: Pinecones

December 7 at 9:30 AM

Preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to discover the fun and variety of pinecones through fun, hands-on activities such as crafts, games and a story. A themed snack will be provided.

December 8

Favorite Things Tour

December 8 at 7:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Favorite Things Tour

December 8 at 7:00 PM

In this exciting look at our exhibits and collection, museum staff have selected their favorite objects, images, and archives and are going to share them with you! You may see things not normally on exhibit or have an interesting story that isn’t well known. As you walk through the museum discover the history these special objects reveal.

December 13

Illuminated Trail Hike

December 13 at 5:30 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Illuminated Trail Hike

December 13 at 5:30 PM

Not a fan of hiking in the dark? No worries — the Elkhart County Parks is keeping the lights on just for you! Hike a trail with illuminated markers guiding the way and enjoy the sights and sounds of Bonneyville Mill County Park on a winter’s night. Hikers can start any time between 5:30 and 7:30 from the Feedlot Shelter trailhead. The hike will end at the One-room Schoolhouse with hot chocolate and cookies made with Bonneyville flour to make the evening complete.

December 17

Ginger Bird House (SOLD OUT)

December 17 at 1:00 PM

Register By December 13
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $2/person (Waitlist Only) Ages: 6-9
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Ginger Bird House (SOLD OUT)

December 17 at 1:00 PM

NOTE: This program is sold out (waitlist only).
Join the parks for a nature spin on the classic gingerbread house. Participants will learn what some overwintering birds like to eat while using some of it to create a masterpiece fit for backyard birds to enjoy.

December 19

Trail Trekkers: Winter Penny Hike

December 19 at 1:30 PM

Register By December 18
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $2/child Ages: 6-9
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Trail Trekkers: Winter Penny Hike

December 19 at 1:30 PM

Join a naturalist for the last Trail Trekkers of the year. This hike will be a bit different with trekkers deciding the route using only a penny. With so many different trails to explore this is a hike you will not want to miss!

December 21

Winter Solstice Hike

December 21 at 5:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Winter Solstice Hike

December 21 at 5:00 PM

Experience the beauty of winter on this, the shortest day of the year.ย  We will celebrate the changing of the seasons on a short hike in the park and learn what this change means to the landscape around us.

Meet at Benton Spillway Shelter in River Preserve County Park, located one mile south of U.S. 33 on C.R. 31. in Goshen.

December 31

Christmas Bird Count

December 31 at 6:00 AM

Register By December 29
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Christmas Bird Count

December 31 at 6:00 AM

Will you answer the call of conservation? Help count birds today to help bring a brighter future for them tomorrow. Be a hero and take part in the Elkhart County Christmas Bird Count, part of a nation-wide Audubon event centered on the protection and conservation of birds.

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During the count, volunteers tally all the birds seen and heard within the survey area and help provide a one-day snapshot of bird populations across the county. The valuable data we collect helps fuel research and guide conservation action for birds in the years to come.

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Counters who live within the boundaries of the count circle are invited to participate by reporting the birds that visit their feeders and properties. Participants can choose to gather data all day or as little as one hour. Come be a part of this annual event!

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โ€ฃ EMAIL: rdecaire@elkhartcounty.com

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