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February 1

Exhibition: 40th Annual Photo Contest

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Exhibition: 40th Annual Photo Contest

Visit the display of photo entries at the Elkhart County Historical Museum for the 2020 edition of the Elkhart County Parks Photo Contest. Categories will include Rural Life, Local Wildlife, and Elkhart County Parks themed photos. There will be a special grand opening to celebrate the joint Photo Contest and Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibitions on Feb 1 from 10 a.m.–noon. Regular visiting hours at the Elkhart County Historical Museum are: Tues–Sat,9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Visit our blog for contest details.

Photo Contest Reception
Date: Saturday, Feb 1
Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Photo Contest Exhibition
Date: Feb 1–16
Time: Regular Hours at Museum

February 1

Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Course

February 1 at 9:30 AM

Register By January 24
Location See description for course locations
More info Cost: $50/person (Limit 15) Ages: 9–12
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Junior Indiana Master Naturalist Course

February 1 at 9:30 AM

Budding naturalists will experience the natural resources, places, and professionals Elkhart County has to offer through hands-on exploration, fun activities, and unique encounters with nature. Each participant will receive their official Jr IMN designation from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources upon completion of the course and six volunteer hours.

Dates: Saturdays – Feb 1, 8, 15 & 22
Course Locations: 1st 3 weeks – Baldwin One-room Schoolhouse, 4th week – Elkhart County Historical Museum

February 1

Reception: 40th Annual Photo Contest

February 1 at 10:00 AM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
Learn more

Reception: 40th Annual Photo Contest

February 1 at 10:00 AM

Visit the display of photo entries at the Elkhart County Historical Museum for the 2020 edition of the Elkhart County Parks Photo Contest. Categories will include Rural Life, Local Wildlife, and Elkhart County Parks themed photos. There will be a special grand opening to celebrate the joint Photo Contest and Crossroads: Change in Rural America exhibitions on Feb 1 from 10 a.m.–noon. Regular visiting hours at the Elkhart County Historical Museum are: Tues–Sat,9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Visit our blog for contest details.

Photo Contest Reception
Date: Saturday, Feb 1
Time: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Photo Contest Exhibition
Date: Feb 1–16
Time: Regular Hours at Museum

February 1

Exhibit Opening – Get 2 for 1!

February 1 at 10:00 AM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Exhibit Opening – Get 2 for 1!

February 1 at 10:00 AM

Join us for the opening of two new exhibits: The 2020 Elkhart County Parks Photo Contest Winners and Crossroads: Change in Rural America from the Smithsonian’s Museums on Main Street program. Enjoy light refreshments as you celebrate the talents of local photographers and tour Change in Rural America. The Photo Contest will be on exhibit through February 16 and Change in Rural America will be open through March 15.

February 3

Nature Nuts: Hibernation

February 3 at 9:30 AM

Register By January 31
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child (Limit 12) Ages: 3–5
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Nature Nuts: Hibernation

February 3 at 9:30 AM

Explore the phenomenon of hibernation through investigation of furs and mounts, building a den to crawl into, and a short hike into the park. A story, craft, and snack will also be provided.

February 5

Wednesday Bird Walk: 50th Birdathon

February 5 at 8:00 AM

Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: 8+
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Wednesday Bird Walk: 50th Birdathon

February 5 at 8:00 AM

More than 50 species can be found at the park this time of the year—from colorful bluebirds and waxwings to majestic eagles and owls. Let’s see how many we can find! To celebrate our 50th Wednesday Bird Walk, join us for a fun, light-hearted race to find 50 birds. After the hike, we’ll celebrate at the warming house with drinks, bird-themed snacks, and shared memories. Plan to bring hiking shoes and dress for the weather.

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

February 7

Zero-Waste Cleaning

February 7 at 6:00 PM

Register By February 4
More info Cost: $4/person (Limit 15) Ages: 6+
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Zero-Waste Cleaning

February 7 at 6:00 PM

Take a new approach to spring cleaning this year, with an emphasis on environmental consciousness. Cleaning supplies are readily available in stores, but making your own can be much cheaper and safer for the environment and your home. Participants will leave this program with their own zero-waste kit, as well as plenty of resources and recipes to make even more zero waste cleaning swaps at home.

February 11

Change in Rural America

February 11 at 7:30 PM

Location Rieth Recital Hall, Goshen College (1700 S Main St, Goshen, IN)
More info Cost: Free
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Change in Rural America

February 11 at 7:30 PM

Chuck Fluharty, founder of the Rural Policy Research Institute, will present a lively program on contemporary issues facing rural communities in collaboration with Goshen College’s Yoder Public Affairs Lecture Series. Fluharty is a Clinical Professor in the University of Iowa College of Public Health and a graduate of Yale Divinity School. This program is presented in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Crossroads: Change in Rural America on exhibit at the Elkhart County Historical Museum February 1 – March 15.

February 14

Museum Matinee

February 14 at 11:00 AM

More info Cost: Free
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Museum Matinee

February 14 at 11:00 AM

You may have walked past the works and art of E. Hill Turnock and not even noticed. Elkhart County’s most prominent architect designed private homes, businesses, and public buildings that are icons in our built environment. Come learn about Turnock’s career and see many of the examples of his designs.

February 15

Wildlife Track Trek

February 15 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: 8+
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Wildlife Track Trek

February 15 at 1:00 PM

In winter, wildlife leave stories in the snow with every step they take. Each track is a mystery waiting to be revealed. Come grab a warm drink, gather around the hearth, and join fellow wildlife detectives as we explore tips to identify the tracks and clues hidden in the snow. We’ll bundle up and head out for a short outdoor investigation to crack some of these cold cases and reveal the critters behind the clues.

February 27

Tails to Trails

February 27 at 6:00 PM

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

February 27 at 6:00 PM

Explore Ox Bow County Park with your canine companion and kick off a new season of Tails to Trails. 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. All dogs must be on a leash and controlled at all times.

February 27

Stories of Elkhart

February 27 at 7:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Stories of Elkhart

February 27 at 7:00 PM

In celebration of “Crossroads: Change in Rural America”, political scientist Dr. Chad Kinsella, Ball State University, will lead a lively discussion exploring Indiana’s rural, suburban and urban areas are and how opinions about political and social issues vary by place. Dr. Kinsella appears courtesy of the Indiana Humanities Speakers Bureau. Arrive early to visit the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America”.

February 29

Backyard Maple Sugaring

February 29 at 9:30 AM

Register By February 28
More info Cost: $50/person (Limit 35) Ages: All
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Backyard Maple Sugaring

February 29 at 9:30 AM

Tap into one of Indiana’s sweetest traditions and learn how to turn your backyard maple trees into “liquid gold.” In this hands-on workshop, visitors will learn art of making maple syrup—from picking the perfect tree down to techniques on simmering or “sugarin’” the sap to perfection. To sweeten the deal, pancakes, maple syrup, sausages, and drinks will be included in the program price. Starter kits will also be available for purchase.

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