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March 1

Wednesday Bird Walk: Sparrows

March 1 at 8:00 AM

More info Cost: Free Ages: 8+
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Wednesday Bird Walk: Sparrows

March 1 at 8:00 AM

Wrapped in woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands, River Preserve’s rich diversity of habitats attracts a variety of species, including an often-overlooked group of birds: sparrows. In March, our group will give these “little brown beauties” a closer look on a hike through the preserve, where we’ll explore their favorite haunts, and learn tips and techniques on picking them out. Come see some of these unique birds, like Fox Sparrows hopping in the undergrowth, bustling flocks of American Tree Sparrows, and whistling White-throated Sparrows.

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

Meet at Benton Spillway Shelter in River Preserve County Park, located one mile south of U.S. 33 on C.R. 31. in Goshen.

March 4

Crossroads of Elkhart County Guided Tour

March 4 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: PAY at DOOR : $4/person, ages 13 & up Ages: All
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Crossroads of Elkhart County Guided Tour

March 4 at 1:00 PM

Walk through our Crossroads of Elkhart County exhibit with the museum staff who developed it! Staff will take you through this national award-winning exhibit that examines how our area got the name “Elkhart,” the contributions of the Miami and Potawatomi, the impact of European nations on the region, and influence the railroads have had on the community for over 170 years.

March 7

Nature Nuts: Fur & Feathers

March 7 at 9:30 AM

Register By March 4
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child Ages: 3-5
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Nature Nuts: Fur & Feathers

March 7 at 9:30 AM

Preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to investigate animal coats, such as feathers, fur and shells. We will learn through hands-on activities using furs and taxidermy mounts.

March 7

Teen Indiana Master Naturalist Course

March 7 at 12:30 PM

Register By February 28
More info Cost: $60 Ages: 13-17
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Teen Indiana Master Naturalist Course

March 7 at 12:30 PM

The Teen IMN program is a state-sponsored, introductory program of nature discovery and service learning for youth, ages 13-17.  Participants will be given many hands-on opportunities to learn about our Hoosier natural resources. It also provides a way for them to discover, through volunteer service, the local natural resource agencies and professionals.

The course will run every Tuesday in March from 12:30-5:30pm.  Here is the basic schedule:

  • March 7 – meet at Baldwin Schoolhouse, Bonneyville Mill County Park
    • 12:30 – Check-in & Welcome
    • 1-3 – Winter Tree ID with Aaron Kingsley, Goshen City Parks
    • 3-3:30 – break & snack
    • 3:30-5:30 – Maple Syruping with Courtney Franke, Elkhart County Parks
  • March 14 – meet at Baldwin Schoolhouse, Bonneyville Mill County Park
    • 12:30 – Check-in & Announcements
    • 1-3 – Indiana Soils with Jenna Wait, Elkhart County Soil & Water Conservation District
    • 3-3:30 – break & snack
    • 3:30-5:30 – Mammals & Winter Adaptations with Andy Langdon, Elkhart County Parks
  • March 21 – meet at Baldwin Schoolhouse, Bonneyville Mill County Park
    • 12:30 – Check-in & Announcements
    • 1-3 – Indiana Owls & Pellet Dissection with Phelicia Jozwiak, Elkhart County Parks
    • 3-3:30 – break & snack
    • 3:30-5:30 – Water Quality with Krista Daniels, Elkhart County Parks
  • March 28 – meet at Elkhart County Historical Museum, Bristol
    • 12:30 – Check-in & Announcements
    • 1-3 – Local Native American History with Patrick McGuire, Elkhart County Historical Museum
    • 3-3:30 – break & snack
    • 3:30-5:30 – Wildlife Rehabilitation with Dennis Badke, Foxwood Wildlife Rehabilitation
    • 5:30-6:30 – Pizza & farewells

Cost of the course is $60/participant, which covers all four sessions, speaker fees, administrative fees, supplies, snacks and a pizza party at the end.  Registration deadline is February 28, 2023.

Click here for more information about the state Teen IMN program.

March 8

Nature Nuts: Fur & Feathers

March 8 at 9:30 AM

Register By March 4
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/child Ages: 3-5
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Nature Nuts: Fur & Feathers

March 8 at 9:30 AM

Preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to investigate animal coats, such as feathers, fur and shells. We will learn through hands-on activities using furs and taxidermy mounts.

March 9

History Detective: Charles Gordone & Civil Rights

March 9 at 7:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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History Detective: Charles Gordone & Civil Rights

March 9 at 7:00 PM

Charles Gordone grew up in Elkhart and would go on to notoriety as a playwright, actor, director, film maker, and much more. In the 1960s, he was at the forefront of civil rights advocating for equality. In this History Detective series, we’ll look at Gordone’s career, and see an unreleased documentary he made for the United States Information Agency.

March 10

History Detective: Charles Gordone & Civil Rights (Virtual)

March 10 at 1:00 PM

Register By March 10
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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History Detective: Charles Gordone & Civil Rights (Virtual)

March 10 at 1:00 PM

Charles Gordone grew up in Elkhart and would go on to notoriety as a playwright, actor, director, film maker, and much more. In the 1960s, he was at the forefront of civil rights advocating for equality. In this History Detective series, we’ll look at Gordone’s career, and see an unreleased documentary he made for the United States Information Agency.

This is a virtual program.  A link will be sent to all registered participants prior to the program.

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* 𝗥𝗘𝗚𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗕𝗬: March 10 at 10 a.m.

* 𝗥𝗘𝗚𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗔𝗧: https://forms.gle/JVyGvoB45E7JZXeL8

March 11

Survival: Orienteering

March 11 at 10:30 AM

Register By March 9
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $2/person Ages: All
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Survival: Orienteering

March 11 at 10:30 AM

Come out and learn about what orienteering is and how it can be used. This is a good skill to have even if you are just hiking. Refreshments will be available.

March 11

Crossroads of Elkhart County Guided Tour

March 11 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: PAY at DOOR : $4/person, ages 13 & up Ages: All
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Crossroads of Elkhart County Guided Tour

March 11 at 1:00 PM

Walk through our Crossroads of Elkhart County exhibit with the museum staff who developed it! Staff will take you through this national award-winning exhibit that examines how our area got the name “Elkhart,” the contributions of the Miami and Potawatomi, the impact of European nations on the region, and influence the railroads have had on the community for over 170 years.

March 15

Timberdoodle Trek

March 15 at 7:00 PM

Register By March 14
More info Cost: Free Ages: 8+
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Timberdoodle Trek

March 15 at 7:00 PM

It may have the build of a chubby sandpiper, but during courtship, a male American Woodcock (aka “Timberdoodle”) becomes a master acrobat of the sky. Join the Parks as we embark on a twilight trek at Boot Lake Nature Preserve to catch a glimpse of Timberdoodles spiraling in the sky. After the aerial show, we’ll listen for the soft hoots of owls and other nightlife found on the Preserve. 

Participants are encouraged to dress for an evening hike. The group will head out at 7 p.m., so please plan travel time accordingly. 

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

March 17 at 5:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

March 17 at 5:00 PM

This St. Patrick’s Day, grab your cell phone and come on out to the Benton Spillway in River Preserve County Park to put your detective skills to the test. How many of the hidden shamrocks can you find? Here’s how it all works:

  1. Check out the clues on our Facebook or Instagram any time after 4 p.m. on March 17. They will also be posted on the bulletin board near the parking lot in Benton Spillway at 5 p.m.
  2. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to find them before 7 p.m….you might have to do a little hiking.
  3. Following the clues, seek out, and locate the golden shamrocks hidden in the park.
  4. DO NOT COLLECT the shamrocks, but instead snap a photo with any you find.
  5. As you take photos, please share them with us on Facebook or Instagram and include the hashtag #ecphunt2023. Make sure your account is public or we won’t be able to see your photos!
  6. There are a total of 10 shamrocks hidden. You are welcome to find all of them, but to be eligible for a prize, you must post at least one photo of yourself with a hidden shamrock using the #ecphunt2023 hashtag.
  7. The hunt ends at 7 p.m., so please make sure to plan timing ahead before heading out.
  8. Winners will be announced at 7:15 p.m. on March 17 in the picnic shelter at Benton Spillway. Snacks & drinks will be provided.

March 17

The Amazing Turkey Vulture

March 17 at 5:30 PM

Register By March 15
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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The Amazing Turkey Vulture

March 17 at 5:30 PM

Turkey Vultures are amazing scavengers who have a wingspan of 6 feet and only weigh 2-4 pounds. Participants will get to meet a live vulture up close with Dennis Badke, local wildlife rehabilitator. Dennis will share his education about birds and all their unique features.

March 18

Crossroads of Elkhart County Guided Tour

March 18 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: PAY at DOOR : $4/person, ages 13 & up Ages: All
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Crossroads of Elkhart County Guided Tour

March 18 at 1:00 PM

Walk through our Crossroads of Elkhart County exhibit with the museum staff who developed it! Staff will take you through this national award-winning exhibit that examines how our area got the name “Elkhart,” the contributions of the Miami and Potawatomi, the impact of European nations on the region, and influence the railroads have had on the community for over 170 years.

March 20

Trail Trekkers: Amphibians

March 20 at 1:30 PM

Register By March 19
More info Cost: $2/child Ages: 6-9
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Trail Trekkers: Amphibians

March 20 at 1:30 PM

Outdoor explorers (ages 6-9) are invited to learn all about amphibians while exploring their wetland habitat. The entire program is outdoors and terrain may be muddy, so please dress appropriately.

March 20

Spring Equinox Hike

March 20 at 6:30 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Spring Equinox Hike

March 20 at 6:30 PM

Celebrate the start to spring with a refreshing hike through the crisp landscape of Boot Lake Nature Preserve. We will experience the changing of the seasons as we explore together.

March 21

Hiking Club

March 21 at 6:00 PM

Register By March 20
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Hiking Club

March 21 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 thru October.

This month, hikers will explore the trails at Bonneyville Mill County Park. Meet at the Baldwin One-Room Schoolhouse.

March 25

Kite Creations

March 25 at 10:00 AM

Register By March 22
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $4/person Ages: 9+
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Kite Creations

March 25 at 10:00 AM

Celebrate breezy spring days with your very own kite! Make a classic diamond-shaped kite using materials we provide to create a fun simple toy to enjoy or give as a gift. All materials will be provided.

March 25

Crossroads of Elkhart County Guided Tour

March 25 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: PAY at DOOR : $4/person, ages 13 & up Ages: All
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Crossroads of Elkhart County Guided Tour

March 25 at 1:00 PM

Walk through our Crossroads of Elkhart County exhibit with the museum staff who developed it! Staff will take you through this national award-winning exhibit that examines how our area got the name “Elkhart,” the contributions of the Miami and Potawatomi, the impact of European nations on the region, and influence the railroads have had on the community for over 170 years.

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