Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond, IN 46323
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.