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October 1

Nature Nuts: Traveling Seeds

October 1, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Preregister By 09/28/2019 12:00 am
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child (Limit 12) Ages: 3–5
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Nature Nuts: Traveling Seeds

October 1, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Discover the fun of learning about seeds and how they travel through a hike, close observation, and collection.

October 5

Bonneyville Pancake Breakfast

October 5, 2019 at 7:30 AM

More info Cost: $6/person Ages: All
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Bonneyville Pancake Breakfast

October 5, 2019 at 7:30 AM

Who’s hungry? Bonneyville Mill is serving up a delicious pancake breakfast this October! The event will feature a complete breakfast, including drinks, sausage, syrup, and pancakes made from Bonneyville Mill’s own stone-ground buckwheat flour. Yum, yum, yum!

October 5

Fall Plant Exchange

October 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Fall Plant Exchange

October 5, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Bring your bulbs, seeds, and shrubs to our annual Fall Plant Exchange! All plants should be healthy, labeled, and potted to be a part of the exchange.

October 11

Night Owl Prowl

October 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Night Owl Prowl

October 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM

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

October 12

The Amazing Buffalo!

October 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Preregister By 09/09/2019 12:00 am
Location Ox Bow
More info Cost: $20/person (Limit 10) Ages: All
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The Amazing Buffalo!

October 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Join the Parks on an old-town roadtrip out to Cook’s Bison Ranch in LaGrange County. Hear a talk on the history of bison in North America, take a guided ride through the ranch on a covered wagon, see a roaming bison herd up close, and even hand-feed one! For lunch, participants can grab a hearty buffalo burger (included in trip price). Tour vans will depart from Ox Bow County Park at the Service Center.

October 12

Volunteer Work Day

October 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Preregister By 10/09/2019 12:00 am
More info Cost: Free Ages: 18+
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Volunteer Work Day

October 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Assist park staff in collecting prairie seeds for future planting and restoration projects.

October 15

Hiking Club: Cobus Creek

October 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 10/14/2019 12:00 am
Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Hiking Club: Cobus Creek

October 15, 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. In October, we hike at Cobus Creek County Park. The trail is 1.5 miles in length on flat terrain.

October 17

Tails to Trails

October 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Tails to Trails

October 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Explore River Preserve County Park 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.

October 17

Stories of Elkhart: Bonneyville Mill

October 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Preregister By 10/14/2019 12:00 am
Location Bonneyville Mill
More info Cost: Free (Limit 25) Ages: All
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Stories of Elkhart: Bonneyville Mill

October 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Since its construction in the mid 1830s, Bonneyville Mill has stood as a symbol of Elkhart County’s earliest built history. In this guided tour, visitors will learn the history of the mill, how it operates, and the type of products produced at the mill today.

October 19

Gathering at Five Medals

October 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM

More info Cost: $5/person Ages: All
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Gathering at Five Medals

October 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM

This living history event will transport you back in time to experience life in this area more than 300 years ago. Visit the woodland and field encampments, witness a fur trade, enjoy lively period music, watch a skirmish on the prairie, and so much more!

October 20

Gathering at Five Medals

October 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM

More info Cost: $5/person Ages: All
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Gathering at Five Medals

October 20, 2019 at 9:00 AM

This living history event will transport you back in time to experience life in this area more than 300 years ago. Visit the woodland and field encampments, witness a fur trade, enjoy lively period music, watch a skirmish on the prairie, and so much more!

October 24

Halloween Campfire + Hayrides

October 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM

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

October 24, 2019 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.

HAYRIDE TIMES: Thursday 6–9 p.m., Friday 7–10 p.m., Saturday 6–9 p.m.

Please note that advance tickets are required. Tickets sell out fast.
How to purchase tickets: Tickets go on sale online Oct 17

October 25

Halloween Campfire + Hayrides

October 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM

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

October 25, 2019 at 7:00 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.

HAYRIDE TIMES: Thursday 6–9 p.m., Friday 7–10 p.m., Saturday 6–9 p.m.

Please note that advance tickets are required. Tickets sell out fast.
How to purchase tickets: Tickets go on sale online Oct 17

October 26

Halloween Campfire + Hayrides

October 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM

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

October 26, 2019 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.

HAYRIDE TIMES: Thursday 6–9 p.m., Friday 7–10 p.m., Saturday 6–9 p.m.

Please note that advance tickets are required. Tickets sell out fast.
How to purchase tickets: Tickets go on sale online Oct 17

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