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Owl Prowl for Families: Messenger Woods

Event information

Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: All ages.

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

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A great horned owl in a tree cavity. Photo via Shutterstock

Event details

Bring the family for a hike as evening turns into night in the forest. Bundle up and strap on your favorite hiking boots as we set out in search of our elusive owl friends. Discover just how many species reside in Will County and how to differentiate them. Learn how big they can get, what they look like and where you can find them. Afterward, warm up by a fire and enjoy roasting marshmallows.


Event requirements

Registration required by Friday, Dec. 15: 815-722-4121.


Be sure to dress for weather and trail conditions. The program will begin at the furthest parking lot, at Hawthorn Grove Shelter. 

The hike will be approximately 1 mile to 2 miles over uneven, natural terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.