Earth Day hikes, farm tour, work day planned by county
4/15/2015, 5:51 p.m.
Here's a roundup of events being held by the Will County Forest Preserve District:
District hosting year's largest volunteer workday
Make a difference on Earth Day weekend by joining the Forest Preserve District of Will County and local area businesses for a “Community Volunteer Workday.”
Volunteers will assist with trail maintenance, brush clearing, rubbish removal, and wood chipping. These efforts benefit native plants, wildlife, and the community. This year’s event will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25, at the District's Whalon Lake in Naperville. Last year’s event drew a record turnout of 500 participants.
Join employees from Comcast, JULIE Inc., CITGO Lemont Refinery, Saratoga Food Specialties, Will County Trail Riders, Home Depot, Caterpillar and Homer Tree Service, along with other volunteers from the community, to contribute time and effort toward improving the preserve in celebration of Earth Day, Comcast Cares Day and JULIE's Safe Digging Month.
A continental breakfast and lunch will be served to all participants courtesy of Comcast.
Pre-registration is recommended, but day-of registration will be available. To pre-register or learn more about the workday, call 815-722-7364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Workday participants will park at Whalon Lake.
Bird hikes, farm tour planned for April 25
- An “Earth Day Migratory Bird Hike” will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. April 25 at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, located on Renwick Road, 0.5 mile east of Route 30. Bring binoculars and a favorite bird guide and dress for the weather. Participants will hike up to 1.5 miles on limestone paths to the viewing area. The free program is for ages 7 and older. Registration is required; call 708-946-2216. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
- A “Photography Bird Hike” will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. April 25, at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, located on Renwick Road, 0.5 mile east of Route 30, in Plainfield. Join other photographers to take pictures of egrets, herons and cormorants as they begin to nest. The free program is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required; call 708-946-2216. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.
- A “Riverview Farmstead Tour” will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 25 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Riverview Farmstead Preserve, located on Book Road, south of Hassert Boulevard/111th Street. Visit the Settlement House, Limestone House and Timber Frame Barn and listen to an interpreter’s stories about how three generations of the Clow family grew a settlement farmstead into a 200-acre commercial farm. Registration is required for this free, all-ages program; call 815-886-1467. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.