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April 18

Chair Yoga

April 18 at 9:30 AM

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

April 18 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 (200RYT) 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.

April 18

P.O.W! – Wild Edibles

April 18 at 6:00 PM

Register By April 17
More info Cost: $4/person (No Limit) Ages: All
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P.O.W! – Wild Edibles

April 18 at 6:00 PM

Parks Outdoor Women (P.O.W) gives women introductory experiences and instruction in various outdoor activities. Each month will focus on a different outdoor activity at an alternating Elkhart County Park. This group promotes friendship, leadership, adventure and enjoyment in the great outdoors.

April 18

Featured Speaker – Britt Redd

April 18 at 7:00 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: Teens & Adults
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Featured Speaker – Britt Redd

April 18 at 7:00 PM

Britt Redd, Certified Urban Planner, will use compelling visuals to explore parts of United States history that have shaped cities but are often excluded from city planning discourse. Past decisions created the racial inequities in cities that exist today. As we journey through and honor the contextual history, weโ€™ll turn a critical eye toward policymaking and our relationships with each other to help create a path toward healing, reconciliation, and liberation. Part of the Indiana Humanities Council Advancing Racial Equity Speakers Bureau.

April 20

Volunteer Day: Earth Day Garden Clean Up

April 20 at 10:00 AM

Register By April 18
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Volunteer Day: Earth Day Garden Clean Up

April 20 at 10:00 AM

Learn new skills, care for the environment, meet new friends, and be a part of something big — sign up for a Volunteer Day! On 4/20, celebrate Earth Day by assisting park staff with cleaning and prepping the gardens for the growing season. Plan to bring water, work gloves, and your favorite garden tools. Advanced registration required.

Meet at DeFries Gardens in River Preserve County Park (Directions here).

April 21

Bird Language Lessons

April 21 at 1:00 PM

Register By April 20
More info Cost: Free (Limit 15) Ages: 8+
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Bird Language Lessons

April 21 at 1:00 PM

The sound of spring birds may be music to your ears, but do you know the messages behind the melodies? From predicting when a hawk is about to fly overhead to finding a warbler hidden in the bushes, learn the secret language of birds in this โ€œears-onโ€ class that will teach you the behavior behind the calls, and how to ID them by sound. The first part of the workshop will explore bird behavior, followed by a hike, where we will practice listening techniques and discover what birds we can find by using only our ears.

๐—ช๐—›๐—”๐—ง ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—˜๐—ซ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—–๐—ง: Dress for extended activities outdoors. This program is weather-dependent. Please check the event page for updates before heading out.
๐—ฆ๐—จ๐—š๐—š๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐—— ๐—š๐—˜๐—”๐—ฅ: Hiking boots and weather-ready layers.
๐— ๐—˜๐—˜๐—ง ๐—”๐—ง: Baintertown Park Shelter in River Preserve County Park at 67380 Co Rd 29 in New Paris (Directions here).

April 25

Chair Yoga

April 25 at 9:30 AM

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

April 25 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 (200RYT) 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.

April 25

Creatures of the Night: Amphibians

April 25 at 7:30 PM

More info Cost: Free Ages: 12+ (Please see note on age)
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Creatures of the Night: Amphibians

April 25 at 7:30 PM

As night falls, the places we spend time outdoors can feel like a very different place. Familiar trails melt into shadows and the daytime soundscape is replaced with things that go bump in the night as nocturnal creatures come out to play. Join the Elkhart County Parks as we lift night’s veil to reveal the hidden lives of these creatures of the night, from spiders weaving webs to bats on the wing. In April, woodland vernal ponds spring to life as amphibians wake from their slumber and gather for the ultimate pool party. Grab your rainboots and join us for a wetland walk on the wild side as we look and listen for these charismatic critters. NOTE โ€“ this program includes a 2-mile hike in wet conditions, and may not be suitable for younger children.

What to Expect: Come prepared for a 2-mile hike in muddy terrain. This hike is weather-dependent. Please check the event page for updates before heading out.
Suggested Gear: Rainboots, waterproof layers, and a headlamp/flashlight.
Meet At: Briar Patch Shelter, located on the south side of Bonneyville Mill County Park (53373 C.R. 131), on C.R. 8 in Bristol. Directions here.

April 27

Bonneyville Buckwheat Pancake Breakfast

April 27 at 7:30 AM

More info Cost: $7 a person (Free ages 3 & under) Ages: All
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Bonneyville Buckwheat Pancake Breakfast

April 27 at 7:30 AM

Enjoy a complete breakfast with pancakes made from water powered stone ground buckwheat flour produced by Bonneyville Mill. Dive into all you can eat pancakes complimented with limited sausage, butter, syrup, coffee, milk and orange juice. FISHERMAN WELCOME!

April 27

Trout Day

April 27 at 9:30 AM

More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Trout Day

April 27 at 9:30 AM

After enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast, hop on over to one of our trout day activity stations to learn about the trout that live in the river, how to catch them, and how they got there. This is in conjunction with our Buckwheat Pancake Breakfast and opening day for trout season on the Little Elkhart River.

April 27

Wildflower Walk

April 27 at 1:30 PM

Register By April 26
More info Cost: Free (Limit 20) Ages: All
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Wildflower Walk

April 27 at 1:30 PM

Join a naturalist for a short trek through the beauty of a spring ephemeral woods to see and discover the natural history, names, and other fun stories behind the most common wildflowers we find. Wear appropriate shoes for off-trail walking.

The hike will be at Corson Riverwoods County Park which is located north of Middlebury at the corner of C.R. 12 & 37.

April 29

Ask A Curator

April 29 at 12:00 PM

Location Bristol Public Library
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Ask A Curator

April 29 at 12:00 PM

In recognition of National Preservation Week, the Elkhart County Historical Museum is partnering with area libraries to bring you โ€œAsk a Curatorโ€ pop-ups around the County. Do you have questions about preservation, how you can best preserve their own treasures, are even just curious about what museums and archives do? Visit the pop-up closest to you for resources and to chat with us!

We will meet at the Bristol Public Library (505 W Vistula St, Bristol, IN 46507).

April 29

Ask A Curator

April 29 at 4:00 PM

Location Middlebury Public Library
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Ask A Curator

April 29 at 4:00 PM

In recognition of National Preservation Week, the Elkhart County Historical Museum is partnering with area libraries to bring you โ€œAsk a Curatorโ€ pop-ups around the County. Do you have questions about preservation, how you can best preserve their own treasures, are even just curious about what museums and archives do? Visit the pop-up closest to you for resources and to chat with us!

We will meet at the Middlebury Public Library (101 E Winslow St, Middlebury, IN 46540).

April 30

Ask A Curator

April 30 at 12:00 PM

Location Elkhart Public Library-Dunlap Branch
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Ask A Curator

April 30 at 12:00 PM

In recognition of National Preservation Week, the Elkhart County Historical Museum is partnering with area libraries to bring you โ€œAsk a Curatorโ€ pop-ups around the County. Do you have questions about preservation, how you can best preserve their own treasures, are even just curious about what museums and archives do? Visit the pop-up closest to you for resources and to chat with us!

We will meet at the Elkhart Public Library-Dunlap Branch (58485 C.R. 13, Elkhart, IN 46516).

April 30

Ask A Curator

April 30 at 4:00 PM

Location Elkhart Public Library-Pierre Moran Branch
More info Cost: Free Ages: All
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Ask A Curator

April 30 at 4:00 PM

In recognition of National Preservation Week, the Elkhart County Historical Museum is partnering with area libraries to bring you โ€œAsk a Curatorโ€ pop-ups around the County. Do you have questions about preservation, how you can best preserve their own treasures, are even just curious about what museums and archives do? Visit the pop-up closest to you for resources and to chat with us!

We will meet at Elkhart Public Library-Pierre Moran Branch (2400 Benham Ave, Elkhart, IN 46517).

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