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Reptile searches, farm tours and more at the forest preserves

6/17/2015, 9:57 a.m.
The Will County Forest Preserve District is offering a variety of family-oriented programs during the last week of June.
The “Reptiles of the Dunes” program on June 25 at Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve has been cancelled. Photo courtesy of Paul Dacko

Experience kayaking and get to know Whalon Lake better during upcoming programs scheduled for June 26 at the Naperville/Bolingbrook preserve.

Experience kayaking and get to know Whalon Lake better during upcoming programs scheduled for June 26 at the Naperville/Bolingbrook preserve.

The Will County Forest Preserve District provided this news release:

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is offering a wide variety of outdoor programs this month including:

NAPERVILLE – A “Riverview Farmstead Tour” will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Riverview Farmstead Preserve, located on Book Road, south of Hassert Boulevard/111th Street. 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.

BRAIDWOOD – Search for “Reptiles of the Dunes” from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve, located on Route 113, east of Route 53 and Interstate 55. Bring a camera and be prepared to hike 1.5 miles on uneven natural terrain. There are no restrooms or water at this site. The free program is for ages 5 and older. Registration is required; call 708-534-8499.

NAPERVILLE – Learn all about Whalon Lake and other forest preserves during “Meet the Preserves” from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at Whalon Lake. The free program is open to all ages and registration is not required. The preserve is located on Royce Road, west of Route 53. Also, four one-hour sessions of “Paddle the Preserves” will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. at the preserve. 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 2 to 6 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.

BEECHER – Join in the fitness fun during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Run and Yoga” program from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, on the Plum Creek Greenway Trail in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, located on Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road. Run for 3 or 6 miles, then soothe and stretch with a 20-minute yoga program. The free program is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required; call 708-946-2216.

LOCKPORT – “Bike and Brake for History” along the Illinois and Michigan Canal from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, starting at the Gaylord Building National Trust Historic Site, 200 W. Eighth St. Learn about the origins of the canal and view wildlife along the way. This Forest Preserve District of Will County ride is 4 miles one way along crushed limestone trails. A water bottle and helmet are strongly encouraged. The free program is for ages 10 and older. Registration is required; call 815-886-1467.

MONEE – “Midnight Madness” sessions of late-night fishing will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 27, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave. Bring a flashlight and bug repellent. The free program is for all ages. Registration is not required.

For more information on these programs and other District offerings, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.