Porter County Parks and Recreation

Porter County Parks and Recreation Porter County Parks and Recreation is committed to providing a gateway into the natural beauty of our area through programs and parks.

Porter County Parks and Recreation currently consists of four major parks and facilities, which are listed below. Sunset Hill Farm County Park 775 Meridian Road in Valparaiso Brincka Cross Gardens 427 E. Furness Road in Pine Township Dunn's Bridge 500 East over the Kankakee River in Kouts Calumet Trail Entrances at Mineral Springs Road in Chesterton, and the Porter/La Porter County Line

Mission: The mission of the Porter County Parks and Recreation Board and Department is to preserve, protect and manage the natural, cultural and recreational resources within a diverse park system.

Porter County Parks and Recreation's cover photo
12/05/2019

Porter County Parks and Recreation's cover photo

Winter at Brincka Cross Gardens ❄️⛄️Snow turns Brincka into a winter wonderland! We can't wait to see our park d...
12/05/2019

Winter at Brincka Cross Gardens ❄️⛄️

Snow turns Brincka into a winter wonderland! We can't wait to see our park during the next snowy day. Whether you're in the mood for a winter hike or just taking in the beautiful scenery, visit Brincka Cross Gardens this season!

Gorgeous photos taken by Emerald Image at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! We love how beautiful & festive these are!
12/04/2019

Gorgeous photos taken by Emerald Image at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! We love how beautiful & festive these are!

Christmas Minis🌲 | Saturday 12/07/2019

Time Slots:
2:40 3:20
2:50 3:30
3:00 3:30
3:10 3:40 (booked)

Location: Sunset Hill in Valparaiso

5-10 Edited Images
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Includes up to 5 people, each additional person is $5 + 8 people max for minis

We are so thankful for all of our Winter Lights sponsors! Thanks to Kelsey's Steak House for your support! Check out the...
12/04/2019

We are so thankful for all of our Winter Lights sponsors! Thanks to Kelsey's Steak House for your support! Check out their beautiful tree when you drive through our light show at Sunset Hill Farm County Park!

The Kelsey's team is a proud sponsor of the Winter Light Festival at Sunset Hill Farm County Park this year. Make sure to stop by and check out the tree and Christmas lights!

Stop by Sunset Hill to see Lance & Mr. Tickles in the next couple weeks to say farewell! They have had lots of fun and m...
12/02/2019

Stop by Sunset Hill to see Lance & Mr. Tickles in the next couple weeks to say farewell! They have had lots of fun and made many friends here at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. The ponies are leaving on December 11th to go to Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Porter County Parks & Recreation staff!
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from the Porter County Parks & Recreation staff!

Our holiday lights display at Sunset Hill Farm County Park is open to the public! The light show is on every single nigh...
11/27/2019

Our holiday lights display at Sunset Hill Farm County Park is open to the public! The light show is on every single night through December 31st free of charge. Get together with friends & family and enjoy our lights display this holiday season!

11/25/2019

Thank you to everyone who came to Winter Lights on Saturday! We kicked off the holiday season with lots of fun activities, wagon rides, fireworks, pictures with Santa, and of course our holiday light show!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers - this event wouldn’t be possible without your support & dedication.

This time-lapse video features most of the light show at Sunset Hill Farm County Park that is now open every night through the end of the year. Stop by our park with friends & family to enjoy the fun holiday lights!

So much fun & holiday cheer at Winter Lights 2019! There’s still time to join us out at Sunset Hill Farm County Park f...
11/24/2019

So much fun & holiday cheer at Winter Lights 2019!

There’s still time to join us out at Sunset Hill Farm County Park for Winter Lights! The festival ends at 8pm. Fireworks begin at 7:15!

We are just ONE HOUR away from Winter Lights! We can’t wait to see so many people decorating cookies, taking pictures ...
11/23/2019

We are just ONE HOUR away from Winter Lights! We can’t wait to see so many people decorating cookies, taking pictures with Santa, going on wagon rides, drinking some yummy hot chocolate, and enjoying our light display.

We are expecting no rain and weather around 35° today so join us from 3 to 8pm at Sunset Hill Farm County Park for Winter Lights!

One of the fun activities this year is voting for your favorite ornament in our ornament making competition. Kids in our local community entered ornaments that they made into this contest and you get to vote for your favorite one. Make sure to stop by the Program Center to vote for an ornament!

We had a blast last night at Sponsor Preview Night! We celebrated with our Winter Lights sponsors, the Porter County Par...
11/23/2019

We had a blast last night at Sponsor Preview Night! We celebrated with our Winter Lights sponsors, the Porter County Parks Board and Foundation, and many other wonderful people who have supported us in so many ways. Thanks to our Foundation for providing delicious food from Leroy's "Hot Stuff" and drinks from Porter County Expo Center!

A huge thank you to all of our amazing Winter Lights sponsors! We’re so excited for the festival today!

The wait is almost over - Winter Lights is TOMORROW! Join us from 3 to 8pm tomorrow at Sunset Hill Farm County Park for ...
11/22/2019

The wait is almost over - Winter Lights is TOMORROW!

Join us from 3 to 8pm tomorrow at Sunset Hill Farm County Park for Winter Lights, our holiday festival! You won't want to miss this festival full of family-friendly activities, photos with Santa, s'mores and hot chocolate, fireworks, and our holiday light show.

Bring your friends and family for a time of joy & fun! Admission is only $5 per vehicle. We'll see you there! 🎄🎅✨❤️

We have some bittersweet news - the ponies are leaving Sunset Hill Farm County Park on December 11th to go to Illinois H...
11/21/2019

We have some bittersweet news - the ponies are leaving Sunset Hill Farm County Park on December 11th to go to Illinois Horse Rescue of Will County. Come see Lance & Mr. T one last time at our Winter Lights festival on Saturday for the chance to say farewell!

Who's ready to meet Santa on Saturday? We can't wait to see all the fun pictures with Santa at Winter Lights taken by th...
11/20/2019

Who's ready to meet Santa on Saturday? We can't wait to see all the fun pictures with Santa at Winter Lights taken by the Duneland Photography Club! Join us at Sunset Hill from 3 to 8pm for this fun, family-friendly festival!

Oh, did we mention that there will also be cookie decorating, s'mores, hot chocolate, wagon rides, live music performances, and a fireworks show? It's the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

Some of our Winter Lights Tree Sponsors have already decorated their trees at Sunset Hill! We can’t wait to see all of...
11/19/2019

Some of our Winter Lights Tree Sponsors have already decorated their trees at Sunset Hill! We can’t wait to see all of the trees decorated this week in preparation for Winter Lights. On Saturday our park will be filled with holiday light displays and beautifully decorated trees during our festival - you won’t want to miss it!

Our Winter Lights festival is from 3 to 8pm on Saturday at Sunset Hill. Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

Winter Lights is this Saturday! Who's excited? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️Join us at Sunset Hill Farm County Park on Satu...
11/18/2019

Winter Lights is this Saturday! Who's excited? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️

Join us at Sunset Hill Farm County Park on Saturday from 3 to 8pm for a fun, family-friendly holiday festival! We'll kick off the holiday light show that will stay up through the rest of the year. Plus we have so many fun activities planned like wagon rides, pictures with Santa taken by the Duneland Photography Club, a fireworks display, and much more!

Admission is only $5 per vehicle so bring your friends & family! Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

11/16/2019

Wanting to help others this holiday season? At our Winter Lights festival on Saturday, November 23rd, you can bring new, unwrapped toys and donate them to Toys for Tots!

Toys for Tots is a wonderful organization that distributes toys to children around the country who might not get any toys for Christmas. Bring your donations to Sunset Hill next Saturday!

We are so excited for this new adventure! Check out Porter County Public Library System's amazing StoryWalk at Sunset Hi...
11/15/2019

We are so excited for this new adventure! Check out Porter County Public Library System's amazing StoryWalk at Sunset Hill Farm County Park!

We are excited to announce that our StoryWalk at Sunset Hill Farm County Park is ready to enjoy! Take a one mile hike and enjoy a great story in the park. Stay tuned for new stories monthly! Special thanks to the Friends of the Porter County Library System and Sunset Hill Farm Park for making this project possible! We hope you enjoy! ❤️ #pcpls

#valparaisoindiana, #libraries, #parks, #storywalk, #winter, #fall

We're only 8 days away from one of our favorite days of the year - Winter Lights! Get ready for a day of fun kid-friendl...
11/15/2019

We're only 8 days away from one of our favorite days of the year - Winter Lights! Get ready for a day of fun kid-friendly activities, hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, our lights display, and more on November 23rd!

We wanted to give a shoutout to our amazing sponsors for Winter Lights. A HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors this year - you help make Winter Lights so much fun!

Thank you to Hasse Construction Company, Centier Bank, McCready Law, McColly Valparaiso, Inman's Bowling & Recreation Center, Bloom Angus Farm, Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, P.C., Strack & Van Til, Pines Village Retirement Communities, Memorial Opera House, Midwest Family Federal Credit Union, Gast Animal Hospital, Illiana Garden Railway Society, and McAfee Animal Hospital.

Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

In just a couple weeks, you'll be able to drive through Sunset Hill Farm County Park and check out our lights display an...
11/14/2019

In just a couple weeks, you'll be able to drive through Sunset Hill Farm County Park and check out our lights display and decorated trees! Our Winter Lights festival on November 23rd kicks off our holiday lights display throughout the park. We're so excited!

We want to continue highlighting our amazing Winter Lights sponsors that help make Winter Lights such a fun day! Thank you to Horizon Bank - Calumet Ave. Valparaiso, in, Miller's Merry Manor - Portage, J&J's Pizza Shack Valparaiso, Avalon Springs Health Campus, General Insurance Services, and Ken Pro Glass, Inc., HLS inc., Coyne Veterinary Center - Portage, Porter County Public Library System, Brown Tire of Valparaiso, Inc., Porter County Health Department, Sworden Law Office, Parkreation, Inc., Hurst Orthodontics, PC, We Wash, Simko Signs, Doloughan Family Farm & Shamrock Wildlife Company, and Earp Concrete Cutting, Inc.

We will continue to highlight our sponsors this week! Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

As we get closer to Winter Lights, we want to thank all of our sponsors who have helped to make this event possible! Fir...
11/13/2019

As we get closer to Winter Lights, we want to thank all of our sponsors who have helped to make this event possible!

First, we are excited to highlight Nipsco, Law Offices of Michael T. Sawyier, Lakeside Wealth Management, Kelsey's Steak House, Thorgren Tool & Molding, CENTURY 21 Affiliated, and Valparaiso First Insurance. Thank you for supporting us in so many ways!

We will continue to highlight all of our sponsors this week on social media! Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

Porter County Parks and Recreation's cover photo
11/12/2019

Porter County Parks and Recreation's cover photo

Porter County Parks and Recreation's cover photo
11/12/2019

Porter County Parks and Recreation's cover photo

The wait is almost over - less than 2 weeks until Winter Lights at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! Join us on November 23r...
11/12/2019

The wait is almost over - less than 2 weeks until Winter Lights at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! Join us on November 23rd for a beautiful lights display, wagon rides, cookie decorating, photos with Santa, and more!

Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

11/11/2019

Today, we celebrate and thank all of those who have served our country & made so many sacrifices for us. Happy Veterans Day!

We are so excited to show the new gathering shelter at Brincka Cross Gardens! This addition to our park is a perfect pla...
11/07/2019

We are so excited to show the new gathering shelter at Brincka Cross Gardens! This addition to our park is a perfect place to stop and rest during a hike or to just take in the beautiful scenery around you. Stop by Brincka and check it out during this fall season!

Gorgeous family pictures taken at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! We love seeing photoshoots at our parks!Photos by Emeral...
11/05/2019

Gorgeous family pictures taken at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! We love seeing photoshoots at our parks!

Photos by Emerald Image

The Goodpaster Fam | #cutestfamever

Thank you Kristy + Andrew for choosing Emerald Image

We had a blast this weekend at the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championship at Sunset Hill Farm County Park...
11/05/2019

We had a blast this weekend at the Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championship at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! There were 10 teams that competed at the championship on Saturday.

Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated! Thanks to Valparaiso University for hosting the championship at our park in Valparaiso.

The Parks & Rec staff is out at Sunset Hill Farm County Park today putting up lights in preparation for our Winter Light...
11/04/2019

The Parks & Rec staff is out at Sunset Hill Farm County Park today putting up lights in preparation for our Winter Lights festival! We are so excited for this fun, family-friendly festival. Join us on Nov. 23rd for Winter Lights to kick off our holiday light show!

The snowy weather yesterday was an exciting reminder that Winter Lights is this month! With our holiday light show, craf...
11/01/2019

The snowy weather yesterday was an exciting reminder that Winter Lights is this month! With our holiday light show, crafts, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, a fireworks display, and more, it will be so much fun!

Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights. Invite some friends & family to come with you!

11/01/2019

Due to a large cross country event at Sunset Hill Farm Park this Saturday, November 2, we will not be having the scheduled hikes and Meet the Animals. Our last Meet the Animals and Family Hike for the year will be on Friday, November 8. These programs will continue starting in March.

We're looking forward to one of our favorite parts of Winter Lights - photos with Santa, taken by the Duneland Photograp...
10/31/2019

We're looking forward to one of our favorite parts of Winter Lights - photos with Santa, taken by the Duneland Photography Club! We are just 23 days away from Winter Lights and couldn't be more excited about it!

Save the date and join us at Sunset Hill Farm County Park on Nov. 23rd for our one-of-a-kind holiday festival. We have so many fun activities planned, and entry to Winter Lights only costs $5 per vehicle! Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

Interested in working at local parks? We have a part-time job opening for an Educator/Naturalist at our parks! If you en...
10/30/2019
Educator / Naturalist

Interested in working at local parks? We have a part-time job opening for an Educator/Naturalist at our parks! If you enjoy developing and leading programs, working with animals, and engaging with the community, check out this job opening at http://www.porterco.org/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=98&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=Educator-Naturalist-114.

Click the link to read the job description, download the application, and find out how to turn in your application!

POSITION: Educator/Naturalist DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation SALARY: $10.00 per hour (maximum of 29 hours per week) JOB CATEGORY : PAT...

We are so excited for this fun event at the Hebron Library on Nov. 12th! If you're interested in joining this painting c...
10/30/2019

We are so excited for this fun event at the Hebron Library on Nov. 12th! If you're interested in joining this painting class, call 219-734-0203 to register. Tell your friends!

On Tuesday, November 12th, from 11AM - 1PM, come and practice your acrylic painting skills at the Hebron Public Library with the Porter County Parks and Recreation department!

No prior painting experience is necessary and all supplies are provided for the $10 registration fee. Call the Parks & Recreation Department at 219-734-0203 to register or visit their web site at: https://www.portercountyparks.org/

#pcpls, #hebronindiana, #arts, #community

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Sunset Hill Farm County Park is full of beautiful and vibrant fall colors! Even when it’s foggy and gray outside, we l...
10/29/2019

Sunset Hill Farm County Park is full of beautiful and vibrant fall colors! Even when it’s foggy and gray outside, we love the beauty of our parks during this season!

The beautiful trails at Brincka Cross Gardens are ready to be explored this weekend! Grab some friends & family and spen...
10/25/2019

The beautiful trails at Brincka Cross Gardens are ready to be explored this weekend! Grab some friends & family and spend some time outside enjoying the fall landscape at Brincka 🍁🍂

Learn more about our parks at portercountyparks.org/porterparks.

10/24/2019

Last night we celebrated the grand opening of the Horton Family Children’s Education Center at Sunset Hill Farm County Park with a ribbon cutting! We were blown away from all of the support and excitement from the community.

Thank you to everyone who played a role in this journey and supported us along the way! We are beyond grateful to have this amazing educational addition to Sunset Hill.

And thanks to the Duneland Chamber of Commerce for helping us celebrate this moment!

We are so excited to celebrate the grand opening of the Horton Family Children’s Education Center at Sunset Hill Farm ...
10/23/2019

We are so excited to celebrate the grand opening of the Horton Family Children’s Education Center at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! We’re so grateful to all those who have supported us on this journey.

We can’t wait to see all the fun Santa photos this year at Winter Lights! Bring your kiddos on November 23rd to Sunset...
10/21/2019

We can’t wait to see all the fun Santa photos this year at Winter Lights! Bring your kiddos on November 23rd to Sunset Hill for this family-friendly holiday festival! Learn more at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

Interested in working at local parks? We have a part-time job opening for an Educator/Naturalist at our parks. If you en...
10/18/2019
Educator / Naturalist

Interested in working at local parks? We have a part-time job opening for an Educator/Naturalist at our parks. If you enjoy developing and leading programs, working with animals, and engaging with the community, check out this job opening at http://www.porterco.org/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=98&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=Educator-Naturalist-114.

POSITION: Educator/Naturalist DEPARTMENT: Parks and Recreation SALARY: $10.00 per hour (maximum of 29 hours per week) JOB CATEGORY : PAT...

We’re so excited to see so many amazing community members tonight at the Chamber Network Night! If you’re attending ...
10/17/2019

We’re so excited to see so many amazing community members tonight at the Chamber Network Night! If you’re attending the event, stop by and say hi!

With November just around the corner, mark your calendars for our Winter Lights festival on November 23rd! You can meet ...
10/15/2019

With November just around the corner, mark your calendars for our Winter Lights festival on November 23rd! You can meet Santa, make crafts, decorate cookies, sing carols, enjoy s'mores by the bonfire, and watch an amazing fireworks display at Winter Lights! Learn more about all of the fun holiday activities at portercountyparks.org/winterlights.

Absolutely beautiful photos by Emerald Image at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! Congratulations to this adorable couple!
10/10/2019

Absolutely beautiful photos by Emerald Image at Sunset Hill Farm County Park! Congratulations to this adorable couple!

When your maternity session turns into the loveliest proposal 😍

Kayla + Tanner congratulations x2!

Wishing you endless amounts of love + happiness. Thank you for choosing Emerald Image

Address

155 E Indiana Ave, Ste 304
Valparaiso, IN
46383

General information

Porter County Parks and Recreation is committed to delivering youth, adult and school programs to the residents of Porter County, while also providing a gateway into the natural beauty of our area through its unique parks and trails. Our Park to School Nature Education for grades K though 5 are presented in every Porter County elementary school. Wellness and Enrichment programs/workshops for youth and adults are also available. We offer a variety of activities at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, located at 775 Meridian Road in Valparaiso. Popular events at the park include Spring Out to Sunset(May), Summer Day Camps (June-Aug), NIHPA's Harvest Fest & Antique Equipment Show (September) and Winter Lights Night (November). Brincka Cross Gardens is located in Pine Township and is open from spring to fall. Dunn's Bridge stretches across the Kankakee River and is the only spot in the county where small boat access is available to the river. The Calumet Trail offers 9.1 miles of crushed limestone that runs between U.S. 12 and the Indiana Dunes State Park. For more information, call 219-465-3586, or e-mail [email protected]

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