Earth Day turned 50 this year on April 22, and to celebrate this golden anniversary, the Forest Preserve District is participating in a “50 Acts of Green” online passport program in partnership with the Will County Regional Sustainability Network, Will County Health Department and Will County Land Use.
Activities for all ages will be offered through September 15. The “It’s a Beautiful Day in Will County” passport information and list of activities can be found on the Will County Earth Day website.
Participants who record ways they are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day will be entered for a chance to win prizes, which also are listed on the website.
Each activity earns you a point. Complete at least 15 Acts of Green to qualify for a chance at prizes valued from $50 to $200. Winners are being drawn every 50 days through September 15. Three winners have already been chosen, and the next drawing is August 8 for three $50 Forest Preserve gift cards.
“At the end of your Acts of Green journey, you will realize that it truly is ‘a beautiful day in Will County’ and feel empowered about your role in ensuring a healthy planet,” said Jessica Prince, the Forest Preserve’s education and outreach supervisor.
Here are some of the upcoming activities you can take part in to earn points toward a prize drawing entry:
August 4: "Pond Explorers Live," 10-10:45 a.m. See the creatures that live in ponds up close while learning about all the cool features that help them survive. The program will be streamed on Facebook Live, Facebook.com/WillCoForests.
August 7: "Mysteries of the Bat Revealed!" 7-8:30 p.m., Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access, Joliet. Hike Hammel Woods and explore the habitats of our local bat species. Registration required by August 5; 815.722.9470.
August 11: Forest Fitness – Biking the Trails at Hickory Creek Junction, 10-11 a.m. Staff and fitness professionals show how you can get fit using existing preserves via a Zoom webinar. Click here for the Zoom registration link.
August 13: "Happy Mornings Yoga and Hike," 9-10:30 a.m., Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon. Enjoy a yoga session for all levels followed by an outdoor hike. Registration required by August 12; 815.722.9470.
August 13: "Recreation Conversations – Trail Safety," 11 a.m.-noon. Forest Preserve staff and a recreational ‘insider’ talk trail safety via a Zoom webinar. Click here for the Zoom registration link.
August 14: "Reptile Hike! Exploring Kankakee Sands," Kankakee Sands Pavilion, Custer Township. Session1: 5-6 p.m., session 2: 6:30-7:30 p.m. The sandy soil of this preserve creates a unique habitat! Join a naturalist as we search the prairie and woodlands for some cool reptiles! Registration required by August 13; 815.722.9470.
August 19: Hummingbird Banding Live, noon-12:45 p.m. Watch live as Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders and volunteers from Thorn Creek Audubon Society capture and band, weigh and measure ruby-throated hummingbirds. Learn why banding provides important data. This program will be streamed on Facebook Live, Facebook.com/WillCoForests.
September 1: “Woods Walk” returns and runs through November 30. Experience 10 of Will County’s best trails during their fall splendor. Complete seven of the 10 trails to receive the 2020 Woods Walk hiking medallion. For details, visit the Forest Preserve's Event Calendar.
September 12: Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste Collections in New Lenox (two TV limit, 15-gal limit on paint, 15 limit on bulbs). Appointments required. For a list of items and to make an appointment, visit WillCountyGreen.com.
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