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March 5

Nature Nuts: Lifecycles

March 5 at 9:30 AM

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

March 5 at 9:30 AM

Preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to learn about animal life cycles, such as egg to dragonfly and tadpole to frog, through stories and hands-on activities.

March 6

Wednesday Bird Walk

March 6 at 8:00 AM

More info Ages: 8+
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Wednesday Bird Walk

March 6 at 8:00 AM

Early spring offers tremendous opportunities to see migrating birds of all kinds — from soaring Sandhill Cranes to a dazzling array of waterfowl, such as Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, and Common Goldeneye. After a hike in the prairie, we’ll head to the boardwalk to see the waterbirds in detail with the aid of our spotting scopes.

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

March 6

Nature Nuts: Lifecycles

March 6 at 9:30 AM

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

March 6 at 9:30 AM

Preschoolers (ages 3-5) are invited to learn about animal life cycles, such as egg to dragonfly and tadpole to frog, through stories and hands-on activities.

March 7

Chair Yoga

March 7 at 9:30 AM

Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: Free Ages: 12+
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Chair Yoga

March 7 at 9:30 AM

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is done while seated or using a chair for balance. Naturalist Sarah (200hr YTT) will take cues for nature to guide participants in strengthening and stretching poses. Wear comfortable clothing. Some mats are available. Bring your own if you have one.

March 9

Nature Notebooks – Session Four

March 9 at 10:00 AM

Register By March 7
More info Cost:  $14/session Ages: 12+
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Nature Notebooks – Session Four

March 9 at 10:00 AM

Observe the unfolding of winter through this four-part series of day retreats. Each monthly session we will spend time finding ways to express natural wonders on paper. Set out on the trails of Bonneyville Mill for inspiration, then come back inside, and sit near the wood-burning stove to fill your notebooks with creative promptings. Tea provided, bring your own lunch, kitchenette available for use.

Email sgothe@elkhartcounty.com with any questions.

March 9

Crossroads Guided Tour

March 9 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: $4/person at the door (12 & under are free) Ages: All
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Crossroads Guided Tour

March 9 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 14

Chair Yoga

March 14 at 9:30 AM

Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: no fee Ages: 12+
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Chair Yoga

March 14 at 9:30 AM

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is done while seated or using a chair for balance. Naturalist Sarah (200YRT) will take cues from nature to guide participants in strengthening and stretching poses.  Wear comfortable clothing. Some mats are available, bring your own if you have one.

March 16

Crossroads Guided Tour

March 16 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: $4/person at the door (12 & under are free) Ages: All
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Crossroads Guided Tour

March 16 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 17

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

March 17 at 2:00 PM

Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: no fee Ages: All
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St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

March 17 at 2:00 PM

This St. Patrick’s Day, grab your cell phone and come on out to the Ox Bow Haus Shelter in Ox Bow 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 1 p.m. on March 17. They will also be posted at the front gatehouse at 2 p.m.
  2. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to find them before 5 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 #ecphunt2024. 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 #ecphunt2024 hashtag.
  7. The hunt ends at 5 p.m., so please make sure to plan timing ahead before heading out.
  8. Winners will be announced at 5:15 p.m. on March 17 in the Ox Bow Haus Shelter. Snacks & drinks will be provided.

March 18

Trail Trekkers: Fire Making

March 18 at 1:30 PM

Register By March 17
More info Cost: $2/child Ages: 6-9
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Trail Trekkers: Fire Making

March 18 at 1:30 PM

Young explorers (ages 6-9) are invited to try their hand at fire making using flint & steel, and other hands-on methods. All supplies will be provided.

March 19

Hiking Club

March 19 at 6:00 PM

Register By March 18
More info Cost: no fee Ages: All
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Hiking Club

March 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 thru October.

This month, hikers will explore Bonneyville Mill County Park on a 1.6-mile hike.

March 21

Chair Yoga

March 21 at 9:30 AM

Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: no fee Ages: 12+
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Chair Yoga

March 21 at 9:30 AM

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is done while seated or using a chair for balance. Naturalist Sarah (200YRT) will take cues from nature to guide participants in strengthening and stretching poses.  Wear comfortable clothing. Some mats are available, bring your own if you have one.

March 22

Timberdoodle Trek

March 22 at 7:00 PM

Register By March 21
More info Cost: no fee Ages: 8+
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Timberdoodle Trek

March 22 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 *Lieber 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 at the Preserve. Plan to dress for an evening hike.

*NOTE: Parking is VERY limited so we will meet at the Elkhart Historical Museum and carpool to the site 5 minutes away. Please plan travel time accordingly.

March 23

Survival: Orienteering

March 23 at 12:00 PM

Register By March 22
Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: $2/person Ages: All
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Survival: Orienteering

March 23 at 12:00 PM

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 23

Crossroads Guided Tour

March 23 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: $4/person at the door (12 & under are free) Ages: All
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Crossroads Guided Tour

March 23 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 28

Chair Yoga

March 28 at 9:30 AM

Location Ox Bow  >  Ox Bow Haus Shelter
More info Cost: no fee Ages: 12+
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Chair Yoga

March 28 at 9:30 AM

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is done while seated or using a chair for balance. Naturalist Sarah (200YRT) will take cues from nature to guide participants in strengthening and stretching poses.  Wear comfortable clothing. Some mats are available, bring your own if you have one.

March 30

Crossroads Guided Tour

March 30 at 1:00 PM

More info Cost: $4/person at the door (12 & under are free) Ages: All
Learn more

Crossroads Guided Tour

March 30 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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