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Forest Preserve District of Will County offers variety of January programs

12/21/2015, 9:14 a.m.
Its not too early to get a jump on your January calendar with an assortment of fun stuff planned around ...
Learn how to become a beekeeper or find out more about honeybees during upcoming Forest Preserve District of Will County Programs at Beecher-based Plum Creek Nature Center, which features its own live honeybee hive. “Beekeeping: Meet a Beekeeper” will be offered on the first and second Sundays of the month from January through April. “Beekeeping: Introduction to Beekeeping” will be held on Jan. 16.

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s not to soon to start planning for the new year. Fortunately, the Forest Preserve of Will County has plenty of fun and interesting things on tap to help kick off 2016 with everything from bee keeping, to eagle watching to a wedding open house. Find something that piques your interest and mark it on your brand new calendar.

BEECHER – “Beekeeping: Meet a Beekeeper” will be held from 12:30-3 p.m. on the first and second Sundays of the month from January through April at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road. Meet with beekeepers and see a working bee hive on display. Beekeepers will answer questions about honeybees and chat with the public. Registration is not required for the free, all-ages program.

ROMEOVILLE – “Bonne Annee” is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road. Celebrate Bonne Annee, or “Good (New) Year” like a fur trader from the 1700s and make a vintage French craft to take home as a keepsake. Registration is required by Wednesday, Dec. 30, for the free, all-ages program; call 815-886-1467.

ROMEOVILLE – “An Evening with Emerson” is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road. Get closer to nature with a short hike; then warm up with hot drinks and a discussion of one of Emerson’s works, the essay “Nature,” which can be accessed at www.archive.org. The free program is for ages 16 and older. Registration is required by Tuesday, Jan. 5; call 815-886-1467. This is the first of four “Nature Writers’ Series” programs scheduled at the Museum. Three others will be offered: “An Evening with Thoreau” on Feb. 4, “An Evening with Carson” on March 3 and “An Evening with Audubon” on April 7.

ROMEOVILLE – “Living History Demonstrations” are set for noon to 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month from January through April at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road. Interact with Isle a la Cache Brigade members as they portray fur trading community members from the 1700s. Registration is not required for the free, all-ages program.

MONEE – “Warm up to Snowshoeing” is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday, Jan. 12, through Sunday, Jan. 17, and again from Tuesday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave. Take advantage of incentives as you try the sport of snowshoeing. Rent one pair of snowshoes for $10 and get a second pair for free. Explore the preserve’s 2 miles of trails; then warm up with a free cup of hot chocolate for every pair of snowshoes rented. The program is for ages 7 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.