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October 2

Nature Nuts: Nature’s Colors

October 2, 2018 at 9:30 AM

Preregister By 09/24/2018 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: Nature’s Colors

October 2, 2018 at 9:30 AM

See beauty in the many colors of nature as we go for a color walk, enjoy a colorful snack, and play some color games.

October 3

Wednesday Bird Walk: River Preserve

October 3, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Location River Preserve
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Wednesday Bird Walk: River Preserve

October 3, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Fall brings some fantastic birds to our county–from tiny Golden-crowned Kinglets flittering in the pines to Red-breasted Nuthatches inching down trees. See these incredible birds up-close during our walk in a landscape colored by fall. Likely birds include cranes, sapsuckers, kinglets, and late south-bound warblers.

October 6

Fall Plant Exchange

October 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Fall Plant Exchange

October 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Bring your bulbs, seeds, flowers, and shrubs for a fall plant exchange. Participants can bring as many plants as they like as long as they are healthy, labeled, and rooted in soil. Once all plants are displayed participants will then take part in an organized exchange picking new plants to take home. Pick up some new plants as well as some new gardening tips from fellow community gardeners. Plan to arrive early to take part in the exchange.

October 6

Weekend Bird Walk

October 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Preregister By 10/05/2018 4:00 pm
Location River Preserve
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Weekend Bird Walk

October 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

October marks this season’s last opportunity to see migrating songbirds heading south for the winter. Join us on a casual walk seeking out these south-bound birds and enjoying up-close encounters with some of the Preserve’s unique year-round residents. Species we’re likely to spot during the 1.3-mile walk include late warblers and vireos flycatching in the trees, herons and kingfishers stalking fish, and raptors soaring overhead. All birding gear provided, but participants are encouraged to wear hiking boots, bring water, and come dressed for a late summer hike. The bird walk will head out at 9 a.m. sharp, so please plan accordingly.

October 8

Epic Explorers

October 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Preregister By 10/01/2018 4:00 pm
Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: $4/person Ages: 10-15
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Epic Explorers

October 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM

To celebrate fall, the Explorers will head out for a nature hike at Cobus Creek County Park. On a mile-long hike, the group will complete a scavenger hunt for species and objects in the natural world. Explorers will document their findings along the way and compare observations with the group.

October 9

Places of Elkhart: Old Bag Factory

October 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Preregister By 10/08/2018 4:00 pm
Location The Old Bag Factory, Goshen
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Places of Elkhart: Old Bag Factory

October 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Come for a guided tour of the Old Bag Factory in Goshen! The building opened in 1896 as the Cosmo Buttermilk Soap Company, shipping soap and toilet paper across the country. In 1910, the building was used by the Chicago-Detroit Bag Company and produced anything from burlap sacks to sheer paper wrappers for candy. Staff from the Old Bag Factory will guide visitors around the facility and share the building’s history in “bagology,” and how after the factory closed in 1982 it became a furniture manufacturer and the home of artisans and merchants today.

October 12

Night Owl Prowl

October 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Location River Preserve
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Night Owl Prowl

October 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Join a naturalist to learn all about owls and other nocturnal creatures on a fun interactive night hike. Learn about local owl species, nocturnal animal adaptations, and more as we experience River Preserve after dark. Meet at Benton Spillway.

October 16

Nature Readers: Salt

October 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 10/12/2018 4:00 pm
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Nature Readers: Salt

October 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Nature Readers will discuss Salt by Helen Frost, a young adult historical fiction story of friendship between a Native American child and non-Native trader’s child during war times in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Come prepared to discuss the book with others. Next month’s book: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

October 18

Hiking Club: Pumpkinvine

October 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 10/17/2018 4:00 pm
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Hiking Club: Pumpkinvine

October 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM

In October, we will hike part of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail. This trail runs 2.2 miles in length and includes mostly flat terrain.

October 19

Tails to Trails

October 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Tails to Trails

October 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Join a naturalist for a walk with our beloved pets around the scenic Ox Bow County Park landscape. Walking our pets has many advantages including exercise for both the dog and the owner, a closer bond between owners and pets, acclimation to a new environment, new smells, and meeting other dogs and people. Signs will be posted so you may walk with the group or by yourself. Water and doggy bags will be available for all dogs.

October 20

Gathering at 5 Medals

October 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM

More info Cost: $5/person (ages 5 & under free) Ages: All
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Gathering at 5 Medals

October 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Our signature living history event will transport you back in time to experience life in Elkhart County more than 300 years ago. Visit the Woodland Native Village and witness a fur trade, enjoy historical music, watch a skirmish on the prairie, and so much more!

Check out gatheringatfivemedals.org for full details on this exciting event!

October 20

Boot Lake Volunteer Work Day

October 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Preregister By 10/17/2018 4:00 pm
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Boot Lake Volunteer Work Day

October 20, 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.

October 24

Yoga in the Parks

October 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 10/24/2018 2:00 pm
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow
More info Cost: 10.00 Ages: 6-17
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Yoga in the Parks

October 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Join Registered Yoga Teacher Amanda for an hour of empowering yoga in the parks. Enjoy guided practice welcoming of all skill levels in a relaxing park environment. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, bring water, and their own mats – a limited number of mats will be available for use.

In October, a special Yoga in the Parks will celebrate Halloween at Ox Bow County Park. This practice is open to ages 6-17 and all participants are encouraged to come in costume!

October 25

Halloween Campfire & Hayride

October 25, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Location Ox Bow  >  Red Pines Campfire
More info Cost: $5/person Ages: All
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Halloween Campfire & Hayride

October 25, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Caramel apples, roasted marshmallows, hot cocoa, a campfire, and a hayride – yep, it’s that exciting time of the year again. The ever-popular Halloween Campfire & Hayride is back for three nights of autumn delights. The traditional family-friendly hayrides will be held on Thursday and Saturday, while Friday will feature the Scary Hayride! Hayrides run about 20 minutes in length.

Please note that advance tickets are required, and can be purchased online starting October 18th. Tickets sell out fast. Purchase tickets at elkhartcountyparks.org.

October 30

Coffee and Conversation at the Mill

October 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Preregister By 10/26/2018 4:00 pm
Location Bonneyville Mill
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Coffee and Conversation at the Mill

October 30, 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.

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