Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
Phone: (219) 844-3188
Thousands of years ago, as Glacial Lake Chicago slowly shrank in size (eventually occupying the present-day footprint of Lake Michigan), it left behind a series of dunes and swales lying parallel to today's lakeshore. Though development has obliterated much of this dune-and-swale topography, 131-acre Gibson Woods Nature Preserve safeguards a sizeable remnant of this landscape. Three trails (totalling about 3.5 miles) traverse the preserve's dominant habitat--black oak savanna. The Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center houses natural history exhibits and live reptiles and amphibians.