LaPorte County Parks Programs



Nature’s Tiny Tots

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.

December 10, 17
January 14, 28
February 4, 11
March 4, 18
April 1



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.

January 16- Terrific Trees
January 30- Owls and More
February 6- A Raccoon’s World
February 27- Catch The Sun
March 6- Bug Fun
March 20- A Hopping Good Time
April 10- Scavenger Hunt Fun

Registration form for these Programs



Healthy Lifestyles FREE

Join our senior circle 50+ Club, a 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

March 6 - Tips for working on balance, coordination, endurance & strength from the Orthopedic & Balance Therapy Specialists

April 3 - Spring cleaning, container gardening, and recycling with Sacha Gee-Burns, Solid Waste District




Attention Homeschool Participants

February 13
Hooting Good Time
Participants will learn about Owls, their calls and more.
Luhr Park, 10-11 am
For ages 6 - 13
Min 5 Max 20 Children
Pre-register by Feb. 11.

April 9
Terrific Trees
Participants will learn about trees, their parts and more.
Luhr Park, 10-11 am
For ages 6 - 13
Min 5 Max 30 Children
Pre-register by April 4.

Sign up fast to avoid
Call 219-325-8315 to Register. Children must be
accompanied by an adult.


Meditation Development Class

by Stacy Coar


These meditation classes will include guided meditation and will help you relax and lower your stress levels.

Join us for all six classes for $50 or attend just one for $15

Class Dates at Luhr County Park

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1 and April 8

Registration form for this Program


Daddy/Daughter Dance
“Princess Style”

Friday, February 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Saturday, February 23 from 2 - 4 pm

Red Mill County Park Pat Smith Hall

$15.00 per couple, $5.00 for each additional daughter.
Get all dressed up and come out to Red Mill County Park to enjoy
dancing. Pictures will be taken of all couples to take home. Refreshments will be served. Fill out the form and mail it in with payment. Hurry this will fill up fast! Pre-registration and payment is required on or before February 14. No registrations will be accepted after the due date or when the program is filled whichever comes first. Max 90 participants each night. See page 5 for registration information.

Registration form for these Programs

Spa Day at the Park

March 9
10 am – 12 noon

Red Mill Park – Pat Smith Hall
FREE - First 50 will receive a swag bag.

Calming the mind and pampering the body are what is in store for those who come. “Spa Day in the Park” will have sample services and/or products to share and sell. No pre-registration is required.


Family Fishing Night

April 30 6-7:30 pm
Luhr County Park
All ages welcome

Come out to the Pond at Luhr Park for an evening of fishing. A limited number of poles and bait will be provided. No fishing licenses are required during the family fishing program. Children must be accompanied by an adult.FREE - Pre-registration is required at least one week in advance. Call 219-325-8315


Reptiles and Amphibians Oh My!

Attention Formal Educators
If you teach 1st or 2nd grade students in a school that is in LaPorte County, your classroom could have a visit from a park naturalist, along with reptiles and amphibians. During the visit the students will learn the basic differences between reptiles and amphibians, while getting up close and personal with each. Programs can be set up for individual classes with visits to each room lasting 45 minutes to an hour each. 
These programs meet the Life Science Standards---1st grade--1.LS.1/ 1.LS.2/1.LS.3  2nd grade--2.LS.1 / 2.LS.2 / 2.LS.3

Program visits are free and will be offered Nov. – Feb. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Program start time 9:30 am. (This is Flexible)

Email: or
Call 219-324-5855 to schedule your classroom visit. 


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.


2019 Pioneer Days September 28 and 29



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:

Laura Moyer:




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Administrative Office

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

Naturalist Offices
(219) 324-5855