LaPorte County Parks Programs

         
 
         
 

 

Natures Tiny Tots

March 14, 28 Full
April 11, 18 Full

June 13 Full
June 27 Full
July 11
July 25 Full
August 8 Full
August 22 Full
September 12
September
19

10 – 11 am FREE Luhr Park
max total 12 (kids & parents)

Toddlers – Pre-School age
Call at least one week in advance to signup & assure a spot 219-325-8315

Come explore nature with your toddlers and preschoolers at Luhr Park. Designed for parents and grandparents to bring out the munchkins for some FUN. Enjoy music, dance with your kids, giggle, storytelling, hands-on activities, take a hike (weather permitting) and just have plain ole fun.

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Parent and Child Discovery Days

6-7:15 pm Ages 3-8
Luhr Park Nature Center
$5.00 A Child / Per Program
An adult is required to participate.

June 1 The 3 B’s Butterflies, Bees, Birds
June 15- Web of life Full
June 29-Animal Encounters
July 20-Play Pod Exploration
July 27-What’s that Smell
August 3-Scavenger Hunt Fun

Click here for a registration form for the above programs

Pre-registration and payment is required one week before each program.

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Healthy Lifestyles


A delightful social club committed to help improve your quality of life. Come relax, enjoy nature, and have coffee or tea on the Parks with your new circle of friends. What is even better, its FREE.
Luhr County Park from 9 – 10 am on Wednesdays
Call at least one week in advance to signup & assure a spot.
Call 219-325-8315

April 13--- Planting for Pollinators, Sacha Gee-Burns, Solid Waste District

June 8 Cancelled – A better way of caring as a caregiver, Debbie Carriveau

July 13 – Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) heart health, Jacob Swider, Invasive Cariology Director of Northwest Health

August 3-Cancelled Ear & Hearing Care, Jessica Nichols, audiologist

August 23 -Ear & Hearing Care, Jessica Nichols, audiologist

September 14- Pairing your plants for multi-season display, Sacha-Gee Burns, Solid Waste District

October 5- Medicare 2021 Overview, Megan Rogers, SHIP Supervisor

November 2- Managing Stress with Moria Cogwell, Wellness Specialist, The Crossing

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Daddy/Daughter Dance “Princess Style”

Friday, May 20 from 6 - 8 pm

Saturday, May 21 from 2 - 4 pm

***Luhr County Park***(NEW Location)
Morgan Shelter- Partially enclosed
$25.00 per couple, $5.00 for each additional daughter.

Get all dressed up and come out to Luhr Park to enjoy an evening of dancing. 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 May 12. No registrations will be accepted after the due date or when the program is filled whichever comes first. Max 72 participants each night.

Click here for a registration form

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Story & Bingo

June 9
10 – 11 am
Luhr Park
Come out to Luhr Park for a summer story and bingo. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call to reserve your spot 219-325-8315

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Tai Chi Easy & Meditation

Luhr Park
June 15
9:00 – 10:00 Free
Meet Physical Therapist Diane Rich at the pond at Luhr. Diane will teach you simple techniques on how to achieve an inner calm and peace. Open to all skill levels, standing or sitting. (bring your favorite chair if you want to sit) Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call to reserve your spot 219-325-8315.

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Tuesday Treasures

Tuesdays at Luhr Park 9am - 12pm Ages 6-13
Parents are not required to participate or stay during the program. $8.00 per person / per program. All programs include arts and crafts.

June 14 Full Wildlife Detectives- Participants will learn about animals while using their detective skills.

June 21 Dig it Up- Soil will be the topic during this program. Participants will get their hands dirty!

June 28 Pollination Station- Participants will learn all about pollination and what it takes for flowers to reproduce.

July 19 Amphibian Adventures- Hands on knowledge will be gained about frogs, salamanders and other amphibians.

July 26 Your Roots - Trees, plants and other things with roots will be the topic during this program.

August 2 Full Nocturnal Animals-Participants will learn about creatures that are after at night.

Pre-registration and payment is required one week before each program.

Click here for a registration form

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Family Fishing Nights
June 22
July 25
August 23

5- 7:30 pm Luhr 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 programs. Children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE
Pre-registration is required at least one day before each program.
Call 219-325-8315

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Inclusive Play Day Crafts and Music


July 17
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Bluhm Inclusive Playground
Come out to the new inclusive playground at Bluhm for Music and Crafts. Call to reserve your spot 219-325-8315. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Inclusive Playground Grand Opening

New date!

Ribbon Cutting
August 13
10 am
Bluhm Park

Come out and explore our new Inclusive Playground for children of all abilities offering interactive motion, social inclusion, and inspire independence. A universally designed, sensory-rich environment that enables children to develop physically, socially & emotionally. An engaging place that provides the just-right level of challenge and offers opportunities to succeed. Refreshments will be provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

Naturalist Offices
(219) 324-5855