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July 1

Books and Boots

July 1 at 1:00 PM

Register By June 30
Location Ox Bow  >  Cottonwood Shelter
More info Cost: Free (Registration Required) Ages: 9-12
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Books and Boots

July 1 at 1:00 PM

The Elkhart Public Library has teamed up with the Elkhart County Park to offer a book club for kids! Each meeting will include a book discussion followed by a park-led activity exploring one of the book’s environmental themes. Activities could include hikes, live animals and more. This month’s book will be Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Contact the Dunlap branch to check out a copy.

July 5

Nature Nuts: Shadows

July 5 at 9:30 AM

Register By July 3
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child (Limit 12) Ages: 3-5
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Nature Nuts: Shadows

July 5 at 9:30 AM

Preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to have fun with shadows! We will make, trace, find, observe, and discuss shadows during a variety of hands-on activities designed for preschoolers to enjoy.

July 6

Wednesday Bird Walk

July 6 at 8:00 AM

Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: Free Ages: 8+
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Wednesday Bird Walk

July 6 at 8:00 AM

Start the day off watching beautiful birds at Cobus Creek. Enjoy an easy-paced bird walk along woodlands, waterways, and meadows seeking out the unique bird life hidden within. We’ll observe the fascinating behavior of unique species, including Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, and Baltimore Oriole. The group will head out at 8 a.m. – please plan travel time accordingly.

July 6

Nature Nuts: Shadows

July 6 at 9:30 AM

Register By July 3
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child (Limit 12) Ages: 3-5
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Nature Nuts: Shadows

July 6 at 9:30 AM

Preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to have fun with shadows! We will make, trace, find, observe, and discuss shadows during a variety of hands-on activities designed for preschoolers to enjoy.

July 7

Garden Buds (Part 1)

July 7 at 10:00 AM

Register By June 30
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $20 (includes 3 sessions) Ages: 8-12
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Garden Buds (Part 1)

July 7 at 10:00 AM

Dig into some gardening fun by joining this hands-on 3-part series for kids. Over the course of three Thursdays, participants will engage in a variety of topics – from soil and seeds in week one, to roots and plant parts in week two, concluding with flowers and pollinators in week three. Deliciously tasty snacks will also be included.

July 8

Friday Night at the Museum

July 8 at 6:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Friday Night at the Museum

July 8 at 6:00 PM

Come on out for game night at Friday Night at the Museum! The whole family can enjoy fun games of the past and present that will be taking place both inside and outside of the museum. Of course, you can see the museum’s great exhibits, and complete a scavenger hunt and I-spy activities.

July 8

Carbon Sequestration Talk

July 8 at 7:00 PM

Register By July 7
Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Carbon Sequestration Talk

July 8 at 7:00 PM

Biological carbon sequestration is the process of how plants store carbon. Come learn about this exciting concept and how you can encourage this important process on your own land. Steven Shantz, an Elkhart County Master Naturalist, will teach you about the many benefits of sequestering carbon in your soil. All ages are welcome.

July 11

Adventure Bike Camp

July 11 at 12:00 PM

Register By July 7
Location Multiple locations in Elkhart County (details coming soon)
More info Cost: $50/camper (Limit 20) Ages: 9-13
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Adventure Bike Camp

July 11 at 12:00 PM

Embark on an adventure along bike-friendly trails at our brand-new camp this summer. Each day will bring new discoveries for cyclists, ages 9-13, as we seek out fun destinations and activities together. Each day will also have different start and end locations. We will cycle to Fidler Pond for a little boating, Elkhart Aquatic Center for a little swimming and Warehouse Climbing Co for a little climbing wall fun. All you need is a bike, helmet, water bottle, backpack, and sense of adventure!

Adventure Bike Camp runs 7/11-13, 12 -4 p.m (daily). Drop-off and pick-up locations will vary each day (stay tuned for details).

July 14

Garden Buds (Part 2)

July 14 at 10:00 AM

Register By June 30
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $20 (includes 3 sessions) Ages: 8-12
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Garden Buds (Part 2)

July 14 at 10:00 AM

Dig into some gardening fun by joining this hands-on 3-part series for kids. Over the course of three Thursdays, participants will engage in a variety of topics – from soil and seeds in week one, to roots and plant parts in week two, concluding with flowers and pollinators in week three. Deliciously tasty snacks will also be included.

July 15

Movie in the Park: Luca (in English)

July 15 at 6:00 PM

Location Ox Bow
More info Cost: $3/vehicle Ages: All
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Movie in the Park: Luca (in English)

July 15 at 6:00 PM

Bring your lawn chair or blanket for a movie night at Ox Bow County Park. In partnership with Everence, we will be showing Disney’s Luca at 6 p.m. in English and again at 8:15 p.m. in Spanish. Forget to bring snacks? No problem! Swing by one of the food trucks during both showings

July 15

Movie in the Park: Luca (en espanol)

July 15 at 8:15 PM

Location Ox Bow
More info Cost: $3/vehicle Ages: All
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Movie in the Park: Luca (en espanol)

July 15 at 8:15 PM

Bring your lawn chair or blanket for a movie night at Ox Bow County Park. In partnership with Everence, we will be showing Disney’s Luca at 6 p.m. in English and again at 8:15 p.m. in Spanish. Forget to bring snacks? No problem! Swing by one of the food trucks during both showings

July 18

Trail Trekkers: Watersheds

July 18 at 1:30 PM

Register By July 17
Location Ox Bow  >  Black Maple Shelter
More info Cost: $2/person (Limit 15) Ages: 6-9
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Trail Trekkers: Watersheds

July 18 at 1:30 PM

Outdoor explorers (ages 6-9) are invited to join Jenna Wait with the Elkhart County Soil & Conservation District for an afternoon learning about watersheds. Interactive hands-on activities will teach participants what a watershed is, how we affect them, and what we can do to help them. The entire class is outdoors, so please dress accordingly.

July 19

Hiking Club

July 19 at 6:00 PM

Register By July 18
Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Hiking Club

July 19 at 6:00 PM

Join our Hiking Club to explore a different park trail every month, make new friends and glimpse the bounty of nature around every curve and corner. Hiking Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month (March – October). This month, hikers will explore Cobus Creek on a 1.5-mile hike.

July 20

Open House at the Schoolhouse

July 20 at 10:00 AM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Open House at the Schoolhouse

July 20 at 10:00 AM

Grab your schoolbooks and step back a century as you explore the One-room Schoolhouse at Bonneyville Mill County Park. Imagine yourself a student sitting in one of the small wooden desks, practicing your handwriting on the heavy slate boards, while keeping warm next to the wood-burning stove. As you catch a glimpse of what life was like for the average run-of-the-mill student, staff will be on-site to answer any questions you may have during these open hours.

July 21

Garden Buds (Part 3)

July 21 at 10:00 AM

Register By June 30
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $20 (includes 3 sessions) Ages: 8-12
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Garden Buds (Part 3)

July 21 at 10:00 AM

Dig into some gardening fun by joining this hands-on 3-part series for kids. Over the course of three Thursdays, participants will engage in a variety of topics – from soil and seeds in week one, to roots and plant parts in week two, concluding with flowers and pollinators in week three. Deliciously tasty snacks will also be included.

July 21

Yoga in the Park

July 21 at 6:00 PM

Register By July 20
Location Cobus Creek
More info Cost: Free (Registration Required) Ages: 14+
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Yoga in the Park

July 21 at 6:00 PM

Join Registered Yoga Teacher, Amanda, for an hour of empowering yoga in the park. 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. Participants are required to register in advance.

July 23

Bonneyville Bake Day

July 23 at 11:00 AM

Location Bonneyville Mill
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Bonneyville Bake Day

July 23 at 11:00 AM

Bonneyville Mill has produced water-powered stone-ground flour the same way for more than 180 years. This summer, we are highlighting some of the unique products the Mill makes. In July, the highlight is rye flour. Come watch the Bonneyville Millers demonstrate the entire grinding process. Along with freshly baked treats to sample, the event will feature tips and favorite recipes included with the purchase of any Bonneyville Mill flour product.

July 29

Singing Insect Sound Hike

July 29 at 7:30 PM

Register By July 28
More info Cost: Free (Limit 20) Ages: 8+
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Singing Insect Sound Hike

July 29 at 7:30 PM

Step outside on an early fall evening, and your ears will be surrounded by a symphony of insect sounds filling the air. Learn how to pick out these nighttime noisemakers by their sound at a special evening program with ear-trained naturalist, Carl Strang. After a brief intro, we’ll head out for a twilight hike to explore Boot Lake Nature Preserve’s soundscape, and listen for singing crickets, cicadas, katydids, and other subtle sounds of the insect symphony.

Note: Participants are encouraged to arrive early and dress for an evening hike.

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