Family fun days, festivals, nature walks and so much more!
Deer Fly Dash
August 3, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Enjoy a 5K run & walk on trails through forests and prairie to support critical improvements to Boot Lake Nature Preserve.
Early registration (before July 1st): $25. Late registration (after July 1st): $35.
Register by July 21st to receive an event t-shirt.
The Deerfly Dash 5k Run & Walk will be held at 6:00pm Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Boot Lake Nature Preserve.
Boot Lake Nature Preserve is a 300 acre property acquired by Elkhart County Parks from the City of Elkhart in late 2017. It is the second largest park in the county with 280 acres of protected land and another 20 acres left for possible development. The property has a unique history having served as a sludge farm for many years and even a tree nursery. Now that its unique habitat is continuously being restored, the preserve attracts a variety of wildlife, several being state endangered animal and plant species. Along with providing prairie, wetland, and woodland habitat for native flora and fauna, the preserve offers numerous hiking trails, overlooks, and a pier for visitors to enjoy.
August 9, 2019 at 6:30 PMLearn more
August 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM
They’re creepy, they’re crawly, and they’re back at this insect-enthusiast’s event! Look at a grasshopper through a lens, tromp through the grass in search of fireflies, and 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 available for purchase.
Stories of Elkhart: Union Center Cemetery
August 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Learn about the history of Nappanee through the people who lived in the town and are buried in the Union Center Cemetery. Established in the 1860s, Union Center holds many people who made Nappanee and Union Township what they are today. This guided tour will explore the cemetery and stop at graves of prominent business owners, product creators, and citizens.
August 10, 2019 at 8:30 PMLearn more
August 10, 2019 at 8:30 PM
Looking for a good place to watch the meteor shower? We can help! Bring the family, pick a spot to spread a blanket, and enjoy some space-themed snacks on us. Information and guidance on telescope use and how to spot constellations will also be offered during this stellar event.
Textile Care Workshop
August 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Join the Elkhart County Historical Museum Curator of Collections in this hands-on workshop about caring for your textile collections. The program will include an overview of different kinds of textiles with practical tips on storage, display, and cleaning. Participants will also make and take home a padded hanger.
Hiking Club: Bonneyville Mill
August 20, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Join the Hiking Club and learn about the abundance of trails and properties offered by the Elkhart County Parks and meet new people along the way. August’s hike will take place at Bonneyville Mill County Park. The trail length is two miles on somewhat hilly terrain.
Yoga in the Parks
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.
Tails to Trails
August 22, 2019 at 6:00 PMLearn more
Tails to Trails
August 22, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Explore Ox Bow’s diverse terrain through hills, valleys, fields, and woods with your canine companion. Signs will be placed along the path, so visitors can choose to walk at their own pace with their dogs, or join the group for a naturalist-led walk. Water and doggy bags will be available for pets. Dogs must be on a leash and controlled at all times.
Compost vs. Vermicompost
August 24, 2019 at 11:00 AM
Decomposition is a natural process that, if maintained, can result in nutrient-rich matter. Vermicompost is using worms to get the same soil additives, but in different conditions than traditional composting. Participants will see examples of both compost and vermicompost setups, with DIY and commercial versions of each. Common hurdles to each practice will be discussed along with do’s and don’ts.
Tree ID Hike
August 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM
This program will consist of a hike starting at Black Maple Shelter in Ox Bow County Park. During the hike, participants will learn about several species of trees including locusts, oaks, maples, and several others.
Cast Iron Cookout
August 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM
This program will teach the basics of using cast iron cookware. Participants will learn proper care of cast iron, and will be invited to taste some different recipes that were prepared in cast iron. There will be information on where to buy cast iron cookware, as well as restoration techniques for used equipment.