LaPorte County Parks Programs

         
 
         
 

 

Nature’s Tiny Tots

FREE
10– 11 am at Luhr County Park
Toddlers – Pre-School age
Fun filled programs with other
toddlers and preschoolers. Enjoy
music, dance with your kids,
giggle, and storytelling, take a hike
(weather permitting) and just have
Fun. Call 219-325-8315 to
pre-register one week in advance & assure a spot.



September 16, 23
October 7, 28
November 18, 25
December 2, 16

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Parent and Child Discovery Days

(Luhr County Park)

6-7:15 pm at Luhr County Park
Ages 3-8
$5.00 A Child / Per Program
An adult is required to participate.
The program includes arts & crafts,games, snack, and more.
All activities are related to the program topic.
Pre-Registration and payment is required one week before each program.

Oct. 23- Timber
Nov. 6- Hooting Good Time
Nov. 20- Turkey Trouble
Dec. 4- Oh Deer
Dec. 18- What’s for Dinner?

Registration form for these Programs

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Healthy Lifestyles FREE

Join our delightful social club committed to help improve your quality of life. Plus you’ll keep up with the health trends, gardening, medical information and balancing your active lifestyle. Come relax, enjoy nature, and have coffee or tea on the Parks with your new circle of friends.

FREE Luhr Park Nature Center
9 – 10 am monthly on Wednesdays
Call 219-325-8315 at least one week in advance to sign-up & assure a spot. Max 30


October 2 - Medicare 2020 - Overview of any changes in coverage and enrollment.

November 6 - What is your spine saying & complimentary health/spinal screening with Hicks Chiropractic Health Center.

 

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Pioneer Days

September 28 & 29
10 am - 4 pm
Creek Ridge County Park
$2 for Adults
$1 Child or Seniors (4 and under free)

Step into the past, visit with historically clad re-enactors and vendors. Bring the whole family and experience outdoor cooking, crafts, candle dipping, wagon rides, food, and much more.
No pre-registration required.


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Early Celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day

October 5-6 1-4 pm Luhr Park Nature Center
Stop in the nature center to decorate a paper bag vest. Handouts of recipes for squash soup and cornbread will be available. All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. This free craft will be available while supplies last. No pre-registration required.


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Chalk it Up
October 7 Luhr Park
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. age’s 4 and up
$25 each pair (adult and 1 child)
$5 each additional child

Pick your design and make your own reusable vinyl transfer and chalk paste. The adult will make a 9x12 framed piece and your child makes their own 5X7 two sided masterpiece.

Registration and payment due at least on week in advance or until full whichever comes first.

Registration form for this Program

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Attention Homeschool Participants

October 9--Program Cancelled
Feeding time
Luhr Park , 10-11 am
For ages 6 - 13
The nature center animals will be fed during the program and students will learn about what these animals eat. Program includes making a bird feeder. Pre-register by Oct. 2.
Call 219-325-8315 to Register. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

November 13
Nature Center Open House
Luhr Park 9 am-12 pm
All Ages
Come out to the Luhr Park Nature Center to hang out with other homeschoolers. No organized program will take place during the open house. Stay for an hour or all three.
No pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Bluhm County Park- Program Cancelled
October 12
9 am Start
Meet at the Grove Shelter

Join us in a non-competitive 5K Fun Run/Walk to celebrate the newly constructed portion of the Lincoln Memorial Trail. This new trail connects Bluhm County Park to the town of Westville. The surface of the course is mostly paved and flat. All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.

There is no cost but pre-registration is required by October 4. Call 219-325-8315

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Glass Bead Spider Ornament

October 19 Luhr Park
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Ages 13- Adults
$20 per person

Come on out to the Nature Center for tons of art and craft fun. Hemlock Heather will lead you on an adventure making this glass bead spider. All supplies will be provided, children must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited so reserve your spot today. Pre-registration and payment is required on or before October 11.

Registration form for this Program

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Spa Experience PJ party- Program Cancelled

October 21 Luhr Park
6:00- 7:30 pm
Girls Ages 10-18
$15 per couple - $10 each additional girl
As a young girl learn about personal healthy habits, hygiene, and etiquette. We will thrive to be our best. We will have snacks and product samples to try on our skin. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Registration and payment due at least on week in advance or until full whichever comes first.

Registration form for this Program

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Sunset Stroll Free

October 23 Luhr Park
5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
All ages welcome to take a sunset stroll. Meet with a naturalist at the Nature Center to begin the stroll around the park. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Register by calling 219-325-8315 to reserve your spot.

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Chalk time for differently-abled

October 28 Luhr Park
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. age’s 4 and up
$25 each pair (adult and 1 child)
$5 each additional child

Those with special needs come chalk it up. Design you super hero during this class. You will pick your design and make your own reusable vinyl transfer and chalk paste. The adult will make a 9x12 framed piece and your child makes their own 5X7 two sided masterpiece.

Registration and payment due at least on week in advance or until full whichever comes first.

Registration form for this Program

 

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Teachers
Groups
Scout Leaders

Free Environmental Education Programs are offered to groups throughout the year. The programs last one hour or longer depending on the group size and age. Programs can be scheduled at Creek Ridge Park, Luhr Park, Bluhm Park or Red Mill Park. Click here for more Information.

Call the Nature Center at 324-5855 to make reservations.

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Other Programs and Activities


 

 

Contact the Naturalist Offices at Luhr County Park to get more information on the programs offered by the Parks Department.

Naturalist Offices:
Luhr County Park
Nature Center
3178 S. 150 W.
LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 324-5855

Niki Schmutte: natureniki@csinet.net

Laura Moyer: rangerlaura@csinet.net

 

 

 

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Parks Department
Administrative Office

(219) 325-8315 or (219) 325-8316

Naturalist Offices
(219) 324-5855