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Spend Mother’s Day with Mother Nature in Will County

4/15/2016, 11:17 a.m.
Enjoy gifts from Mother Nature and the Forest Preserve District of Will County during Mother’s Day programs in Monee and ...
View the freshest flowers of all this Mother’s Day during Forest Preserve District of Will County programs on May 8. The District has scheduled a “Mother Daughter Hike” to see spring wildflowers in Beecher and a “Mother’s Appreciation Program” in both Beecher and Monee. Photo courtesy of Paul Dacko

A “Mother’s Appreciation Day” will be offered from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave., and from noon to 4 p.m. at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher. Fish, hike, picnic, boat or lounge in the sun at Monee Reservoir. At Plum Creek Nature Center you can hike natural or paved trails and then enjoy exploring the Nature Center. Mention you are a mom at either location to receive a complimentary gift. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages program.

Or join a naturalist-led “Mother Daughter Hike” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Plum Creek Nature Center. Enjoy the springtime flowers and birds then return to the Nature Center for juice, coffee, coffee cake and a “fuzzy” gift that only a monarch butterfly could love. The hike will be less than 1 mile and it will take place on natural surface trails. Registration is required for this free, all-ages program; call 708-946-2216.

PLAINFIELD – “Lake Renwick Bird Viewing” programs will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting Wednesday, May 4, and ending Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, located on Renwick Road, 0.5 mile east of Route 30. These special viewing times allow the public to see the dazzling herons, egrets and cormorants while the preserve has restricted access to protect the nesting birds. Spotting scopes and binoculars are available for use. Participants will hike up to 1.5 miles on a natural surface trail. Registration is not required for the free, all-ages program.

ROMEOVILLE – Immerse yourself in a “Living History Demonstration” from noon to 3 p.m. on three Sundays – May 8, July 10 and Aug. 14 – at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache, 501 E. Romeo Road. Watch as reenactors portray life in “Illinois Country” during the 18th century French fur trade era. Ask questions and learn more about the people who called this region home. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages program.

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