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Celebrate Father's Day at a forest preserve program

6/10/2015, 3:30 p.m.
Among the variety of events being held are programs on kayaking, drawing insects, fishing and exploring the Rock Run Rookery.
Learn more about kayaking and explore the Rock Run Rookery Preserve during programs scheduled for June 20 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County site in Joliet. Photo courtesy of David Rudofski

The Will County Forest Preserve District provided the information on these programs:

Explore Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet

  • Learn all about the Rock Run Rookery Preserve and other Forest Preserve District of Will County sites during “Meet the Preserves” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at the rookery, located on Youngs Road, south of Route 6. The free program is open to all ages. Registration is not required. Three other programs will be offered at the rookery on the same date.
  • Four one-hour sessions of “Paddle the Preserves” will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, noon to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Kayaks and other equipment will be provided. The cost is $10 per person per session. A “Private Kayak Instruction” program also will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a cost of $40 per hour per person. The kayak programs are for ages 12 and older; ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Registration is required for both kayak programs; call 708-534-8499.
  • A session of “Boating Safety and Inspections” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the rookery. Boat inspections and boat safety tips will be provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Participants will receive 2015 inspection decals for their boats. Also, forest preserve staff will answer questions about boating at District preserves. Registration is not required for the free, all-ages program.

This tiger swallowtail butterfly is an example of the insects that participants in a Forest Preserve District of Will County program might draw and identify on June 18 at Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher.

This tiger swallowtail butterfly is an example of the insects that participants in a Forest Preserve District of Will County program might draw and identify on June 18 at Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher.

Learn to ID, draw insects at Plum Creek

“Draw to ID: Insects” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road. Draw insects to learn more about insect body parts, life cycles and identification. Snacks are included. Bring your own chair. The program will be held indoors in an accessible facility and outside on natural surface trails. The free program is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required. Call 708-946-2216. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

Dads get gift at Monee Reservoir

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has a special gift for dads who celebrate Father’s Day at Monee Reservoir, located at 27341 Ridgeland Ave. From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, dads who want to spend their special day fishing will receive one complimentary container of bait. Stop in at the Visitor Center, mention that you are a father and receive your Father’s Day gift. Shoreline fishing and sidewalks are easily accessible. For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.