Forest Preserve ‘Trail Safety Days’, boating and Girl Scout programs starting in May

4/29/2016, 11:43 a.m.
Trail and boat safety programs along with a Girl Scout celebration will all be offered in May through the Forest ...
Forest Preserve of Will County Forest Preserve of Will Co.

If you run, walk or ride on the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 127 miles of trails, or you plan to do so in the future, the District encourages you to attend a new “Trail Safety Days” program that will be offered at three preserve locations in May, August and October.

All three sessions will last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first will be held on Saturday, May 21, at Rock Run Preserve – Black Road Access, located west of Essington Road in Joliet. The Forest Preserve created this special program to instill a “Safety First” attitude among trail users. In-line skaters, walkers, wildlife watchers, runners and cyclists are invited to attend one of these events to learn how to share the trails safely. Personal best practices, sharpening trail awareness and rules of trail usage will be explored.

A different community small-business partner will be on site at each event with activities and merchandise. Partners include Sumbaum Cycle of Joliet and FnA Bicycles of New Lenox. Plenty of giveaways will be available. Forest Preserve Police will also be present to talk with trail users and answer questions from the public.

Registration is not required for this free, all ages event. Additional “Trail Safety Days” will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Barrens in New Lenox and Saturday, Oct. 1, at Centennial Trail in Romeoville.

NAPERVILLE – A session of “Boating Safety and Inspections” is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Whalon Lake, on Royce Road, west of Route 53. Boat inspections and boat safety tips will be provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Participants will receive 2016 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.

BEECHER – A “Celebrate Girl Scouts” program will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road. Bring your troop out for some nature-based activities. This free program for ages 6-12 fills quickly, so register early. Groups are encouraged to stay after the event and camp. Program registration is required by Wednesday, May 18. Camping reservations are required two business days before the program date; call 708-946-2216.

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