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Owl Hike for Adults

12/4/2020: Get a brief introduction to owls and then head out to explore the woods in search of these magical and elusive birds.

Owl Hike for Families

12/11/2020: Learn about owls and then head out to explore McKinley Woods in search of this magical and elusive bird.

Holiday Owl Hike

12/29/2020: Explore the secrets that our forests hold and search for the elusive winged predator, the owl.

Meet a Bison Rancher! (Zoom webinar)

11/7/2020: Hear from real bison ranchers about America’s largest land animal.

Holiday Owl Hike

12/29/2019: Explore the secrets that our forests hold and search for the elusive winged predator, the owl.

Joliet Iron Works Virtual Tour (Zoom webinar)

12/12/2020: Here is your chance to learn about the Joliet Iron Works Site with a naturalist sharing the stories of the men and machines that worked at this site, along with many other fascinating facts.

Night Owl: Cadette Badge

12/5/2020: Explore the mysteries of the world after dark and learn about nocturnal creatures, go on a night hike and practice using all of your senses after dark.

Happy Mornings Yoga and Hike

11/15/2020: Start the day off right with some self-care, beautiful nature and quiet reflection.

Fossils in Our Forests (Zoom webinar)

11/14/2020: Celebrate Dino-vember by exploring the incredible fossils that can be found in Illinois.

Holiday Owl Hike

12/30/2020: Learn about the owls that call Illinois home and then head out on a hike to see if we can hear them in action.

Birding in the Preserves (Zoom webinar)

12/10/2020: Find out what birds have been seen in the preserves recently and what to look for to find them.

Thanksgiving Truths (Zoom webinar)

11/19/2020: Learn the true story about Thanksgiving, which is a lot more convoluted, interesting and dark than what you probably learned in school.

Owl Prowl

11/14/2020: Explore the secrets that our forests hold in the evening hours and search for the elusive winged predator, the owl.

Owl Prowl

11/13/2020: Explore the secrets that our forests hold in the evening hours and search for the elusive winged predator, the owl.

Fall Color Walk

11/15/2020: Walk the trails of Thorn Creek Woods among trees of all species as they transition from summer to shades of red, yellow, orange, gold, russet and even purple – the colors of autumn.

Woods Walk

11/1/2020: Get out and get moving! It’s the return of 'Woods Walk'!

Vermont Cemetery Tour Live!

10/29/2020: Tune in to this online program to get an up-close look inside the gates of Vermont Cemetery.

Longhouse Living

10/24/2020: Drop by to learn about Native American longhouses, one of several types of dwellings used by the Potawatomi.

Fall Color Stroll

10/23/2020: Take a stroll through brilliant fall colors and learn why the leaves turn the colors they do.

Morning Bird Hike

10/24/2020: Join an experienced interpretive naturalist in search of fall birds along the shores of the Des Plaines River.

Breakfast with the Birds, Live!

11/4/2020: We'll be up bright and early to broadcast a live stream from the birdfeeders at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve's Plum Creek Nature Center.

Creative Crafts and Chat: Book-page Wreath (Zoom webinar)

12/5/2020: Make your own upcycled wreath from book pages and learn something new along the way.

Morning Bird Hike

12/12/2020: Join an interpretive naturalist for this guided hike through the preserve in search of our winter residents.

Shooting Stars and Jammin’ Guitars

12/12/2020: Bring your guitar or favorite instrument to play for an hour of jamming before heading out to the sled hill to watch shooting stars!

Geminids Meteor Shower Hike

12/13/2020: Keep your eyes peeled on the dark night sky while watching for meteors and learning all about space.

Virtual Living History Encounter: 18th-century Cold Weather Necessities (Zoom webinar)

12/6/2020: Encounter local history from the comfort of your own home, learning about 18th-century cold weather necessities.

WonderKids: Winter Animals

12/19/2020: Families with preschoolers are invited to join us for this hands-on program where we will explore animals and how they prepare for the winter season.

Beautiful Bark Abounds

12/19/2020: Enjoy a winter hike and learn all about bark and how to identify trees by their bark.

Beginner Camping Demo

10/24/2020: Join the Forest Preserve for a beginner crash course in everything you need to know to get started camping.

Monarch Trick or Treats at the Nature Center

10/24/2020: Visit the nature center in your favorite costume and get a tasty treat and a packet of milkweed seeds.

Monarch Trick or Treats at the Nature Center

10/25/2020: Visit the nature center in your favorite costume and get a tasty treat and a packet of milkweed seeds.

Monarch Trick or Treats at the Nature Center

10/31/2020: Visit the nature center in your favorite costume and get a tasty treat and a packet of milkweed seeds.

Winter Wonder Walk

12/30/2020: Experience the wonders of winter with a guided nature hike exploring the island and shores of the Des Plaines River.

Beginner Camping Demo

11/14/2020: Join the Forest Preserve for a beginner crash course in everything you need to know to get started camping.

Stop, Drop, Pumpkin Roll

11/1/2020: Stop by Plum Creek Nature Center and send off your post-holiday pumpkin with a bang.

Stop, Drop, Pumpkin Roll

11/7/2020: Stop by Plum Creek Nature Center and send off your post-holiday pumpkin with a bang.

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