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August 1

Wednesday Bird Walk: Bonneyville

August 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Wednesday Bird Walk: Bonneyville

August 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Start the day off watching beautiful birds at Bonneyville! Enjoy an easy-paced walk with a seasoned birder along woodlands, waterways, and meadows seeking out the unique bird life hidden within. Summer residents, such as Baltimore Orioles, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and Indigo Buntings will soon be heading south for migration, so the walk will give the group a chance to see these beautiful birds one last time before they depart.

August 7

Nature Nuts: Shadows

August 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Preregister By 07/31/2018 4:00 pm
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child, $3/each additional sibling Ages: 3-5
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Nature Nuts: Shadows

August 7, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Discover the magic of shadows by taking a walk outdoors to look for shadows, reading stories, playing shadow  games, and making shadow crafts. Build your own shadow puppet box or create shadow tracings and explore this intriguing natural phenomenon!

August 10

Bug Night

More info Cost: $2/person Ages: All
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Bug Night

They’re creepy, they’re crawly, and they’re back at this insect-enthusiasts event! Look at a grasshopper through a lens, tromp through the grass in search of a firefly or taste a chocolate-covered cricket! There will be crafts and activities for all ages. Bring the entire family for an evening of buggy fun! Insect-themed snacks will be for sale.

August 11

Weekend Bird Walk

August 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Preregister By 08/10/2018 4:00 pm
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Weekend Bird Walk

August 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Join us for a special weekend walk exploring this important bird site brimming with wading birds, shorebirds, raptors, and colorful songbirds. The guided tour will feature a 2-mile hike on the nature trails with all birding gear provided, but participants are encouraged to wear hiking boots, bring water and come prepared for extended time outdoors. The group will head out at 9 a.m. sharp, so please plan accordingly.

August 12

Perseids Party

August 12, 2018 at 8:30 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Perseids Party

August 12, 2018 at 8:30 PM

Want to see the Perseids meteor shower but need a good place to look at the sky? We can help! Pick a spot to spread a blanket and enjoy a great view of the night sky to witness this celestial spectacle. While you’re there, check out some constellations using a telescope. Naturalists will be on hand to help point you in the right direction. A campfire and refreshments will make this a wonderful night for the whole family.

August 13

Epic Explorers

August 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Preregister By 08/06/2018 4:00 pm
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/person Ages: 10-15
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Epic Explorers

August 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The second expedition of the Epic Explorers will be all about the trees in Ox Bow County Park. Explorers will hike around Ox Bow learning how to identify the different trees found in our region. On their quest, Explorers will gather needles, leaves, and twigs to construct their own paintbrushes to create natural masterpieces using natural paints.

August 14

Coffee and Conversation at the Mill

August 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Preregister By 08/10/2018 4:00 pm
Location Bonneyville Mill
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Coffee and Conversation at the Mill

August 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Experience an exclusive behind-the-scenes opportunity in this small gathering with miller John at historic Bonneyville Mill. Share your stories of the mill and get all of your
mill questions answered over coffee and treats made with mill flour.

August 16

Hiking Club

Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Hiking Club

Get to know the diverse beauty, trails, and terrain of the Elkhart County Parks by joining the Hiking Club, offered on the third Thursday of every month through October. Whether you’re a beginner looking to meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts, or an experienced hiker seeking adventure, the Hiking Club is for you.

August 16

Hiking Club: Cobus Creek

August 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 08/15/2018 4:00 pm
Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Hiking Club: Cobus Creek

August 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM

In August we will hike at Cobus Creek County Park. The trail is 1.7 miles in length. The terrain is mostly flat.

August 18

Tubing the Elkhart River

August 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Preregister By 08/17/2018 4:00 pm
Location River Preserve
More info Cost: $2/person Ages: 9 & up
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Tubing the Elkhart River

August 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Nothing is more relaxing than floating down the river on a warm summer day! Bring your favorite flotation device or borrow one of ours for a fantastic trip down the Elkhart River. This peaceful ride will last about an hour and is fun for the whole family. We will have life jackets available or bring your own. Please wear sandals or tennis shoes as well as sunscreen! Please specify if you need a flotation device when calling. Will depart from the Benton Dam.

August 21

Nature Readers: The Bees

August 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 08/17/2018 4:00 pm
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Nature Readers: The Bees

August 21, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Nature Readers will discuss The Bees by Laline Paull, a book written from the perspective of a curious worker bee that creates drama by challenging the way of life and hierarchy of the hive. Come prepared to discuss the book with others. Next month’s book: Bean Blossom Dreams by Sallyann Murphey

August 23

Places of Elkhart: Wakarusa

August 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 08/22/2018 4:00 pm
Location Meet outside Wakarusa Public Library, 124 North Elkhart St.
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Places of Elkhart: Wakarusa

August 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Established as Mt. Olive in the 1830s, later known as Salem, and finally as Wakarusa as we all know it today – this small town has seen a lot. Join Elkhart County Historical Museum staff on an interpretive walk and learn about the story behind the name Wakarusa, the fire that destroyed almost an entire city block, the town’s connection to the railroads, and much more.

August 25

Cast Iron Cookout

August 25, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 08/24/2017 4:00 pm
More info Cost: $4/person Ages: All
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Cast Iron Cookout

August 25, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Dutch oven enthusiasts and spectators are invited to come out to swap recipes, sample dishes, and learn cast-iron cooking tips from the experts at the annual Dutch Oven Gathering! Visitors new to the hobby can learn the basics of cast iron cooking in a 45-minute presentation. Following the lesson, participants are welcome to attend the friendly, non-competitive gathering where they will have the chance to sample delicious cookout creations.

August 30

Introduction to Carbon Footprints

August 30, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 08/24/2018 4:00 pm
More info Cost: $3/person Ages: 6 & up
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Introduction to Carbon Footprints

August 30, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Families with young children are invited to come learn all about carbon footprints, what it means for our world, and discover the size of their own footprint. Along with learning about the causes and effects of carbon in the environment, participants will learn ways that they can reduce their output at home, school, and work. Participants will also use recycled materials to create a sustainable indoor herb planter.

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