The Porter County Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with Porter
Regional Hospital in hosting diverse health and wellness programs this month
at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, located at the intersection of Meridian
Road and U.S. 6 in Liberty Township.
To register for any of these programs, call (219)-465-3586 or e-mail
The parks department also offers programs that focus on wellness of the mind
and body at Brincka-Cross Gardens, located at 427 Furnessville Road in Pine
Here is a look at the department’s programs open to the pubic in August.
Senior Hikes and Fitness programs are sponsored by Porter Regional Hospital.
Senior Hike at Sunset Hill Farm -- For senior residents, learn what
and how to eat the flora of Sunset Hill Farm while also learning to identify
trees by leaf, location, bark and smell on a free hike this Wednesday, Aug.
7, from 3 to 4 p.m. This program, which teaches participants about tree
identification and wild edibles, is free to residents.
Sunset Dog Walkers -- In this program free to the public, bring your
pet on a leash for a walk on the trails at Sunset Hill Farm starting at 10
a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. This program will offer wellness
information and encouragement.
Year Round Run Club -- Discover the many routes that Sunset Hill Farm
has to offer in this free program open to the public. Every Tuesday and
Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m. participants will meet in the main parking lot
and, with the leadership of an experienced trail runner, will run covering
about five miles.
Women’s Walk Club -- For ages 18 and over. Take a fitness walk
through the trails at beautiful Sunset Hill Farm, every Tuesday and Thursday
from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. This is a free program.
Walk Fit -- Open to adults ages 18 and over. Learn about eating
healthier and exercising regularly in this 14-week program at Sunset Hill
Farm. Cost is $50.
Walk Valpo 13.1 Training Program -- Each Thursday from Aug. 15 to
Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. you can help yourself train for competing in a half
marathon -- by walking it. This 12-week program, led by Jenna Martin, RN,
will guide, coach and encourage you -- helping to fulfill your goal of
completing a half marathon. You too can be an athlete. Program fee is $75
and includes race registration and t-shirt, weekly training schedule,
check-ins, workout tips and motivational e-mails. Participants must be able
to walk 3 miles in 45 minutes. The first meeting will be at Sunset Hill Farm
and following meetings will be at various locations. Sponsored by Porter
Meet the Animals and Family Hike -- On Friday, Aug. 9, and Friday,
Aug. 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. families are invited to stop by Sunset Hill
Farm and meet the animals, their caretakers and participate in a short hike
with the parks department’s naturalist to learn about things going on in the
park. This is a free program.
Family FOAM Fest -- An August event at Sunset Hill Farm Park, join in
between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 for a day of family
activities, a field of Foam, food, games and more. Cost is $5 per child.
Keeping Cool -- Learn techniques for “keeping your cool” during the
late summer months such as yoga, meditation and deep breathing at Brincka-Cross
Gardens on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 12 to 2 p.m. Cost is $20 for this program.
Acrylic Painting Classes -- Each Saturday through the month of August
from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. learn acrylic painting from an experienced
instructor at Sunset Hill Farm. There is also a Thursday night acrylic
painting program all this month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sunset Hill Farm. Cost
for the program is $10 and includes a surface to paint on, or if you bring
your own surface the cost is $5.
Kids Saturday Painting -- Youth painting instruction for all skill
levels where the focus of the project is different each month. The next
session is Saturday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Sunset Hill Farm. Cost for
the program is $8.
Up Cycled Wearable Art Beginner Class -- Bring your old, broken
jewelry, random beads or other objects to create your own piece of wearable
art at Sunset Hill Farm on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $20 and
wire and tools will be provided.
Up cycled Wearable Art Intermediate -- This class will continue what
was learned in the beginner class. Bring your old, broken jewelry, random
beads or other objects to create your own piece of wearable art at Sunset
Hill Farm on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $20 and wire and tools
will be provided.
Rental Information -- Both Sunset Hill Farm and Brincka-Cross Gardens
are available for rental to host events. Sunset Hill Farm has all types of
rentals from trails, Program Center, to shelters, picnic areas and the
entire Park for your own event. The park’s Program Center seats 40 and has
WiFi and overhead screen suitable to host a training workshop or corporate
sales meeting. Birthday parties, baby/wedding showers are also welcome.
Brincka-Cross Gardens Park is available for corporate retreats, meetings,
and workshops in the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home. Combine both gardens
and home for a unique and memorable event. Contact 219-465-3586 for more
information on creating an event with Porter County Parks.