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Where the Wildflowers Are: McKinley Woods

Event information

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: Ages 10 and older.

Contact: 815-722-9470

Location: McKinley Woods — Frederick's Grove

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A wild geranium blossom with a bumble bee on it. Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock

Event details

You won't need to sail off through night and day or in and out of weeks. Will County is where the wildflowers are! Trillium, bluebells, columbine, phlox – our wildflowers have stories to tell! Journey to McKinley Woods — Frederick’s Grove, a top spot to seek wildflowers. Join a naturalist for a hike to find wildflowers and hear stories of how these beauties got their names, their uses through time and other lore and legends.

These ephemeral blooms are beautiful but fleeting. Join us each month for more chapters in the ever-changing tale of wildflowers as old ones fade and new ones bloom. Look for other preserves in this series and choose your own adventure. Visit the same preserve each month to see the changes unfold over time or mix it up and enjoy a different one each time for the full story of Will County wildflowers. You can find the complete list of Where the Wildflowers Are hikes on our event calendar.

Event requirements

Registration required by Friday, June 7: 815-722-9470. 


The trail is up to 1 mile long on natural surfaces with some hills. Spring rains can make the trail muddy; please dress with that in mind. 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.