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Take It Outside: Spring Fling at Messenger Woods

Event information

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2024

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: All ages.

Contact: 815-727-8700

Location: Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

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A frozen creek with trees growing in it. Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock

Event details

Join the fun and join the Goosechase! The Take It Outside Challenge took Will County by storm in 2023, and all our favorite Goosechasers are welcome back along with new friends for our 2024 challenges! Come out for a seasonal hike for each of this year’s campaigns to connect with your fellow challenge participants while collecting points and some tips and tricks along the way, followed by some time to share stories from the experience. Stay tuned to the event calendar for more Take It Outside hikes this year, one in each season.

Event requirements

Registration required by Sunday, March 10: 815-727-8700.


Gather at the Hawthorn Shelter in the back parking lot of Messenger Woods Nature Preserve. The shelter is a short walk from parking and is accessible.

The hike will be no longer than 1.5 miles over natural surface trails. Due to the sensitivity of the site’s natural resources, dogs are not allowed in the preserve. 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.