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FACE COVERING DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines for using cloth face coverings and how-tos if you'd like to make your own. The CDC also emphasizes that people use cloth face covering instead of medical grade personal protective equipment (PPE), because surgical masks and N95 respirators... more

INTERURBAN TROLLEY GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The following is a message from the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG): The Interurban Trolley fixed route service and the Interurban Trolley ADA Access service will operate as usual in Elkhart and Goshen on Good Friday, April 10, 2020. Please be advised, the ADA Access Dispatch... more

CITY WORKING ON MOSQUITO CONTROL

Thursday, April 9, 2020

With warmer weather the last few days we saw some mosquitoes already. In an effort to reduce the populations the City is dropping larvicide tablets in areas prone to the propagation of mosquitoes. Community mosquito control programs can help to reduce the number of mosquitoes and prevent mosquito-borne... more

Upcoming Events All »

Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, April 13, 2020, 2:00pm

Redevelopment Commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 3:00pm

CANCELED–Community Relations Commission

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 7:00pm

Rieth Interpretive Center


The Rieth Interpretive Center’s primary purpose is education, with a focus on interpreting the natural, cultural, and industrial heritage of our community. Through its programs and its use opportunities, the Center will exemplify the concept of reconciliation between man and environment. The Center provides universal access to all of its educational opportunities.

Hours: Open to the public on Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm and open Fridays by appointment for programs, activities, and events. The facility is located at Millrace Park, 410 W. Plymouth Ave.     


Nature Hikes: Take a walk in the woods as we look for wildflowers, signs of bird nests, wildlife habitats and multi-colored leaves. Join us in observing nature and the changing seasons. Start your day with a breath of crisp, invigorating autumn air! For more information, call the Goshen Forester, Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, at (574) 537-0986.


School and Community Programs:  Schedule a field trip to the Rieth Interpretive Center for your school group, club, scouts, home school, church group, seniors group or whomever. We will create a program based on your interest, complete with a nature hike and an indoor presentation.   

Program topics include, but are not limited to, those listed below: 

  • The Seasons
  • Using Our Senses Outdoors
  • Food Chains
  • Dissecting Owl Pellets
  • Night and Day
  • Recycling
  • Nature Hikes
  • Bird Walk
  • Conservation/Preservation
  • Geology
  • Regional History
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Sustainability

Thank You for Your Support!

Donations of food for wildlife and monetary donations are greatly appreciated. We thrive on the generosity and goodwill of our community. Support the Rieth Interpretive Center today by contacting Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley at (574) 537-0986 or email aaronkingsley@goshencity.com to make arrangements for your donation.


To view current programs and activities, please consult the 2020 Activity Guide

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