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Woodcock Walk: McKinley Woods

Event information

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2024

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: Ages 7 or older. (Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.)

Contact: 815-722-9470

Location: Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

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A woodcock on the ground. Photo via Shutterstock

Event details

Demanding a romantic light, the male woodcock waits until dusk before performing his theatrical display. The woodcock “sky dance” is quite a sight to see! We will start the evening learning about the American woodcock, then we’ll take a hike to see if we can catch a glimpse of the male courtship flight. Be sure to dress for the weather as we will stand in place for a bit to listen for the calls and look for the flight of the woodcock. 


Event requirements

Registration required by Friday, March 22: 815-722-9470.


This is an inclusive program, welcoming individuals of all abilities. The hike will take place at dusk, in low light. The hike will be 1 mile to 2 miles on paved trails and natural surfaces across uneven terrain.  Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.