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December 3

Nature Nuts: Pinecones

December 3, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Preregister By 11/30/2019 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: Pinecones

December 3, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Discover the fun and variety of pinecones through fun, hands-on activities such as crafts, games and a story. A themed snack will also be provided.

December 4

Wednesday Bird Walk: Ox Bow

December 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: 8+
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Wednesday Bird Walk: Ox Bow

December 4, 2019 at 8:00 AM

The feeders are filled and wintering birds are flocking to Ox Bow to grab a bite. Observe these feathered visitors upclose at the feeding station and on a morning walk. Species we are likely to encounter include Pileated Woodpeckers, Cedar Waxwings, Wild Turkeys, and Barred Owls. After a short hike, we’ll warm up by the hearth. Plan to bring hiking shoes and dress for extended time outdoors.

The group will depart at 8 a.m., so please plan travel time accordingly.

December 6

Animated Pull Toy Workshop

December 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Preregister By 12/03/2019 12:00 am
More info Cost: $8/person (Limit 12) Ages: All
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Animated Pull Toy Workshop

December 6, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Looking for a unique gift idea? Build an animated wooden dog toy. All parts are pre-cut allowing for easy assembly at the program. Completed toy stands approximately 7.5 inches tall and is 8.5 inches long.

December 7

Bird Feeding Basics

December 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Preregister By 12/06/2019 12:00 am
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $3/person (Limit 20) Ages: All
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Bird Feeding Basics

December 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Learn the basics of backyard bird feeding, which birds are likely to visit your feeders, and what individual species like to eat. We will watch the birds that visit the feeding station at Ox Bow Haus and create suet to take home.

December 7

Digitization Workshops

Preregister By 12/03/2019 12:00 am
More info Cost: $5/person (Limit 4/class) Ages: 16+
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Digitization Workshops

Want to make digital copies of your family photographs but don’t know where to start? In this workshop, small groups will get hands-on training and practice using the scanning equipment at the Elkhart County Historical Museum. Participants with come away with tips for how to apply these skills to digitization projects at home. This 45-minute workshop will have six timeslots available:

December 13

Park in the Dark

Preregister By 12/12/2019 12:00 am
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free (Limit 25) Ages: All
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Park in the Dark

–THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT– Discover how the dark can sharpen the five senses you use every day on a nighttime prowl at Ox Bow County Park. This interactive program will explore our understanding of how our senses work and how our bodies adapt to different conditions – especially at night. Activities will include a night hike experiencing our nocturnal senses, the illusion of the disappearing head, and listening to mysterious sounds of the night.

December 14

Bonneyville Bake Day: Yeast Bread

December 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Preregister By 12/13/2019 12:00 am
More info Cost: $5/person (Limit 30) Ages: 18+
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Bonneyville Bake Day: Yeast Bread

December 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Learn the ins and outs of baking with yeast and Bonneyville flour. Participants will learn tips and techniques to working with yeast recipes from the miller of Bonneyville himself. Samples will be provided.

December 14

Winter Wetland Survival

December 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Preregister By 12/13/2019 12:00 am
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Winter Wetland Survival

December 14, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Did you know some turtles can breathe through their skin? Learn how, and discover other techniques wetland animals use to survive harsh winters in Elkhart County. Attendees will enjoy a talk by the fire followed by an optional, short wetland hike to look for tracks and signs of winter wetland life at Ox Bow County Park. Please dress accordingly if you plan to participate in the hike.

December 17

Illuminated Trail Hike

December 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Location Bonneyville Mill
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Illuminated Trail Hike

December 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Join us for a special lighted night hike at Bonneyville Mill County Park. Hike a one-mile loop trail with illuminated markers guiding the way, and enjoy the sights and sounds of Bonneyville Mill County Park on a winter’s night. Meet at the main parking lot.

December 19

Stories of Elkhart: Native Removal

December 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Stories of Elkhart: Native Removal

December 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM

As more and more settlers pressed west in the early 1800s, the Native people who had lived here for generations were being forced on to smaller and smaller parcels. Pressure for land continued to build, and in 1830, President Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act. Join us as we chronicle the removal of Native populations from this region and the lasting impacts still felt today.

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