The Forest Preserve District is “winging it” this month as July’s episode of “The Buzz” nature show takes to the air to give viewers a bird's eye view of almost two dozen preserves.
The special episode celebrates the one-year anniversary of the monthly show in a unique and entertaining way by cruising above many of the preserves that Will County residents have come to know and love. Prepare to skim the surface of the treetops, glide over waterways and peek into nooks and crannies not viewable from land.
Season 2, Episode 7 of the show debuts at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, on the District’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Program host Suzy Lyttle said she hopes people tune in on Wednesday because the aerial drone views of the preserves are unique and will give viewers a true sense of the natural and cultural resources the Forest Preserve District has protected.
“We have been working on this show for a year now and wanted to give viewers a brand-new view,” she said. “You will feel like a soaring hawk in the sky as we fly over preserves throughout Will County. I think it’s a beautiful journey that really makes us appreciate all the green spaces we have right in our own backyards.”
During the show, viewers will be able to see:
- A close-up view of the tall stone smokestack left behind from limestone quarrying activity decades ago at Keepataw Preserve in Lemont.
- Pioneer-era tombstones poking above the waves of high-quality prairie plants at Vermont Cemetery in Naperville.
- An expanse of wetlands hidden to hikers and bikers by shrubbery at Messenger Marsh in Homer Glen.
- The breathtaking bridge at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Crete Township that stretches 267 feet and spans a 40-foot ravine.
- The industrial footprint and blast furnace foundations at the fascinating Joliet Iron Works Historic Site in downtown Joliet.
Lyttle said she is originally from Indiana and wishes she had grown up around the kind of forest preserves that are available to Will County residents.
“I am just always in awe of how many trails, habitats, and recreational opportunities are here and so accessible,” she said. “At the end of the show, I hope viewers see a new preserve they must visit or get inspired to tour them all!”
After Wednesday’s broadcast, a recording of the show will be available for viewing on the District's Facebook, YouTube and Instagram pages. “The Buzz” also airs on cable stations in Joliet, Naperville, New Lenox, Romeoville and Tinley Park.
And if you are inspired to get out and explore after viewing "The Buzz," the Forest Preserve District's website features an Interactive Map with directions and an Event Calendar full of activities to get you started.