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.

October 3, 17
October 31 (Come in costume)
November 14, 28
December 5, 12, 19




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 is required one week before each program.

Sept. 7 - Sounds Of Nature
Sept. 14 - Jumpin’ Jiminy
Oct. 5 - Fantastic Fall
Oct. 26 - Halloween Fun
(Come in costume)
Nov. 16 -Turkey Time
Dec. 7 - Let It Snow

Click here for a registration form



Senior Lifestyles FREE

Join the 55+ Club, a delightful social club designed specifically for adults ages 55 and older. Learn and explore many opportunities from health to gardening and balancing your active life. Come relax, enjoy nature, and have coffee or tea on the Parks with your new friends.

Luhr County Park Nature Center from 9 – 10 am monthly on Wednesdays. Call 219-325-8315 at least one week in advance to sign-up and assure a spot. Max 30 (Free Program)

September 14- What to grow in the Fall with Sacha Burns, Sunkissed Organics.

October 5 - Medicare’s website is a powerful tool to learn about Medicare. Even if you’re not on Medicare yet, becoming familiar with navigating will enable you to make educated decisions when you’re 65. “Handouts are available from Medicare and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)”

November 2 - Nutrition facts on food labels, clean eating, diabetes how it all affects the health of your body and your mood as well by Stephanie Mahan, Registered Dietician



Attention Homeschool Participants

September 12, Fishing Fun
Luhr Park
9-10:30 am
For ages 6 - 13
Min 5 Max 25 Children
Adult assistance will be
appreciated. Pre-register by September 7th.

November 15,
Hooting Good Time
Luhr Park
10-11 am
For ages 6 - 13
Min 5 Max 30 Children
Pre-register by November 9th.

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



Northern Indiana Walk for PKD – 2-Mile Walk

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Check in 9:00 am Walk 10:10 am
Creek Ridge County Park – Michigan City, IN

For more information, please contact Walk Coordinator,

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) affects thousands of Americans and 12.5 million children and adults, worldwide. There is no treatment or cure, but there is hope.
Walk, form a team, help with the committee, volunteer and more!
Register online and take advantage of a host of effective and Free online team features like emailing members, tracking team progress and fundraising tools. Contact the PKD Foundation for more information on how you can help. Come join us.


25th Annual
Pioneer Days

September 24 & 25
10 am - 5 pm
Creek Ridge County Park
$2 for Adults
$1 Child or Seniors

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.


Poochapalooza Halloween Dog Social

October 12 at 5:45 pm
Creek Ridge County Park

Dress up your dog and join us at Creek Ridge County Park – No leash Bark Park for our Halloween Dog Social! Judging categories will be best homemade costume, scariest, and best owner/pet combination.

FREE - Pre-registration is required at least one week in advance. Call 219-325-8315
Min 5 dogs


Women Only
Fishing Instruction

Oct. 15 at Luhr Park
Free 9 – 11 am
Ages 18 and older

Come out to Luhr Park to learn basic fishing skills and information. This program is for all those women out there that want to learn how to fish in a fun and stress free environment. Poles and bait will be provided. No fishing license needed for this program.
Pre-registration is required by October 6.
Call 219-325-8315


Mom and Son Dance “Halloween Style”

This program is full! Sorry!
October 28
6:30 – 8:30 pm
$15 per couple, $5 for each additional son

Come out to Red Mill County Park to enjoy an evening of friendly games, gross & disgusting treasures, night hike (weather permitting), light refreshments and much more. Kids costume contest. Hurry this will fill up fast!
Pre-registration required by October 20 or until full, whichever comes first.

Click here for a registration form


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.


Other Programs and Activities

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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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Parks Department
Administrative Office

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

Naturalist Offices
(219) 324-5855