Elkhart County Parks offers interpretive programs focused in environmental and historical education. Programs are featured at: Ox Bow County Park, Cobus Creek County Park, Bonneyville Mill County Park, River Preserve County Park, Elkhart County Historical Museum, or in your own classroom!

The Elkhart County Parks Department believes that all students should have the opportunity for quality environmental and historical education. We welcome all students regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age or disability to participate in our programs. If you or your students have a disability requiring special accommodations for access to programs or facilities, please notify our office when scheduling your program.

How do I schedule an interpretive program?

  • Reservations can be set up by calling the administrative office at 574-535-6458 (Open Mon-Fri, 8 a.m-4:30 p.m.)
  • Reservations MUST be made at least two weeks
    in advance.
  • Please have the following info ready when you schedule: school name,┬ácontact person, address, phone numbers, number of students, grade level, program title, date requested, arrival and departure times, and place you would like program held.
  • Please be prepared to mail your program fees with a check or money order after your reservation is made to: Elkhart County Parks, 211 W. Lincoln Ave, Goshen, IN 46526.

What is the fee?

  • Fees are $2/person for the first program. If you are doing multiple programs on the same day, please add $1/person fee for each additional program (for example if you are doing a nature hike AND mill tour on the same day – the cost will be $3/person) Out-of-County classes must add $1/person.
  • Although we truly believe children get a greater hands-on, experience on a field trip, we have adapted some of our programs for the classroom. (please see chart). In-classroom program fees are $30 per visit.

How many students can I bring?

  • Staff prefers to work with 12-15 students at a time. All classes are required to provide one chaperone for every 8 students. Chaperones should be aware of any children with allergies.
  • The maximum number of students you bring depends upon the number of staff available and the number of programs requested. Our administrative office will help you when you schedule. Teachers may have to assist with independent hikes or museum tours if large groups are scheduled.

What if the weather is bad?

Our interpreters present programs rain or shine. We ask that teachers remind parents to dress children according to weather conditions. If a school needs to cancel a program due to severe weather we will reschedule as necessary. If no other time slot is available, you will receive a refund.

Can we request a custom program?

Yes! We can customize a program to fit your classroom needs. Just make sure you book your program an additional two weeks in advance.

Do you offer special accomodations?

The Elkhart County Parks Department believes that all students should have the opportunity for quality environmental and historical education.

We welcome all students regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age or disability to participate in our programs. If you or your students have a disability requiring special accommodations for access to programs or facilities, please notify our office when scheduling your program.