Gabis Arboretum Hosts Community Give Back Weekend, Events Include Wetlands Walk and Bird Walk

In Porter County, the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest will partner with the Porter County Salvation Army and Portage Township Food Pantry for a winter clothing and food drive this weekend. There will also be guided hikes, crafts, book readings and more. Gabis Gives Back will take place November 20 and 21, 2021, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. each day. The event is free, but pre-registration for activities is encouraged. They include “The Importance of Wetlands Walk” Saturday and a Bird Walk Sunday.

“We wanted the chance to thank the community for their continued support,” said Peyton Lindquist, the events and program coordinator for the arboretum. “Bringing people together to donate, learn and experience the arboretum feels like the best way to express our appreciation for the region and the people in it.”

Saturday, November 20
10 a.m.: The Importance of Wetlands Walk
Attend an educational walk with Master Naturalist, Oakley Molinaro, and learn about the importance of wetlands ecosystems in Northwest Indiana.

Noon-3 p.m.: Golf Cart Tours
Dress for the weather and meet in the Railway Depot to sign up for a guided golf cart tour. Groups of up to five people per tour can be accommodated. First come, first served.

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Children’s Book Reading & Foraging & Owl Workshop
Come listen to children’s book author, Carrie Steinweg, read Into the Night, her book about nocturnal animals. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase (cash only). After the reading, attendees will head outside together to gather sticks, leaves and rocks and use the foraged materials to create “owls”. Participation is free and registration is encouraged.

Sunday, November 21
10 a.m.: Bird Walk
Join Jo Brugos, member of the arboretum’s Bluebird Group, for a bird walk around the arboretum. Bring your own binoculars and learn to identify bird species of Northwest Indiana.

Noon-3 p.m.: Golf Cart Tours
Dress for the weather and meet in the Railway Depot to sign up for a guided golf cart tour. Groups of up to five people per tour can be accommodated. First come, first served.

1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Children’s Book Reading & Recycled Bird Feeder Craft
Reduce, reuse, recycle – join the arboretum for a reading of What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French. After the reading, they will make recycled milk jug/soda bottle bird feeders. Participants are encouraged to bring their own empty milk cartons, milk jugs or two-liter bottles. Bird seed and other materials will be provided by the arboretum. Participation is free and registration is encouraged.

Self-guided activities throughout the day include nature bingo and scavenger hunt worksheets.
More information can be found online at https://www.pnw.edu/gabis-arboretum/ .