Special Events + Weekly Programs

Wednesday Bird Walks

Meets every first Wednesday at 8 a.m., Runs Year-round

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Join experienced bird guides on an informative walk in the park in search of resident and migratory species found in our area. The program offers information on proper identification, tips on how to spot birds and recognize them by ear, and the chance to find rare or unusual species found within the Elkhart County Parks. Every walk offers something different, so grab your hiking boots and binoculars and come discover the fascinating lives of birds!

In addition to the Wednesday Bird Walks, be sure to check the Currents magazine and our Facebook Events for info on special weekend walks and bird workshops.

Date: Meets the first Wednesday of every month
Time: 8–10 a.m.*

Cost: Free

Age: All (Participants 18 & under must be accompanied by an adult)

*Please note that walks leave promptly at 8 a.m., so please plan travel time accordingly.

Hiking Club

Meets third Thursday of every month, Runs March–October

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Offered on the third Thursday of every month March through October, the Hiking Club offers the opportunity to meet new people, reach health goals, and explore the diverse terrain and trails found throughout the Elkhart County Parks. All hikes are free and all ages are welcome (participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult).

Date: Meets the third Thursday of every month

Cost: Free (Pre-registration required)

Age: All (those 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

To Pre-register, please call: (574) 535-6458

Places of Elkhart

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This year, the Elkhart County Historical Museum will be sharing the stories of historic locations across the county and what makes our communities unique in the new monthly series – “Places of Elkhart.” Programs will explore built environments and will include interpretation of specific buildings, neighborhoods, farms, and even entire towns and villages. As we explore the “Places of Elkhart,” select locations will be presented on-site, allowing our audiences to experience history in a much more dynamic way – connecting with the very places where their past was built from the ground up.

Upcoming Programs

March 22: Elkhart County Courthouse

April 12 : Baintertown

May 10: Bristol Fruit Hills

June 7: Goshen

Volunteer Work Days

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Get involved with and help support your Elkhart County Parks by becoming a volunteer. Projects range from gardening to painting and will take place at different park locations. All skill levels and ages are welcome (participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). Pre-registration is required.

To Pre-register, please call: (574) 535-6458

Historical Museum: Exploring Elkhart's First 20,000 Years

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Find out what was living in Elkhart County before humans lived here. See a 23,000 year old mammoth tusk found in Middlebury. Learn about the first people who entered this area around 12,000 years ago, and see how their cultures and civilizations evolved over time. Discover how life changed for these people, known today as Native Americans, when they encountered Europeans.