Gabis Arboretum at PNW offers free winter activities

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Published on January 17, 2020 with No Comments

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest welcomes visitors throughout the winter months. The winter “free admission” policy offers an opportunity to get acquainted with this beautiful local natural habitat.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest remains open for the public’s enjoyment and education during the winter months. In fact, the winter “free admission” policy offers an opportunity to get acquainted with this local natural habitat.

“Winter offers so many reasons to walk the trails at Gabis,” says Education and Outreach Coordinator Deb Way. “Hikers in winter see the openness and connectedness of the full landscape when taking a walk. While summer hikers can enjoy a trail’s shady archway, they miss seeing the gorgeous overlook that is just beyond the leafy tree line. Winter hikers see that misty sparkle over the full stretch of the wetland pond as they gaze from a high spot on the prairie. It is a perspective not visible other times of year.”

Though the Welcome Center at the Railway Garden’s Depot is unmanned in the winter months, the building is open for restroom and vending machine access during the arboretum’s open hours. Visit to check for current operating hours.

Unless otherwise marked, the trails also are accessible for hiking, dog-walking, bird-watching and photography opportunities.

“A walk in a winter landscape calls us to take a more expansive view, a great reminder when other aspects of the season invite us to hunker down and close in on ourselves,” Way said.

An ice-glazed Heron Pond is seen from behind the Rose Pavilion at the Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest.

Gabis Arboretum at PNW is offering monthly hikes free to the public this winter. Each hike is followed by a warming time in the Railway Depot with training opportunities for volunteers to finish the day’s adventures.

Join the second group of 2020 to have an organized trail walk, as hikers will leave the Depot at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2 and return by 2:30 p.m. for hot chocolate.  Hikers will trek the trails to see what area groundhogs have to predict about winter’s duration.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is a 300-acre, oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, prairies and hiking trails located near Valparaiso, Indiana. Open year round, the Arboretum offers a wide variety of events and classes for all ages.


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