Forest Preserve offering clean up day, geo-caching and trail exploration in August
MONEE – Help remove garbage from Monee Reservoir during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Fishing for Trash” program from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and ending on Sunday, Aug. 14. Fishing line, hooks and other types of debris are not only eyesores, they can also harm wildlife. Stop by the site’s visitor center at 27341 Ridgeland Ave. to pick up a trash bag and gloves. Bring the bag back to the visitor center and receive a free gift for participating. Registration is not required for the free, all-ages program.
ROMEOVILLE – Find hidden treasures during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Geocache Week.” The program will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and ending Saturday, Aug. 13, at Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. Romeo Road. Learn about geocaching and try your hand at this fun recreational activity. Using your smartphone or GPS, staff will send you on a scavenger hunt to find island caches. Registration is not required for the free, all-ages program.
NEW LENOX – If you run, walk or ride on the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 127 miles of trails, the District encourages you to attend its “Trail Safety Day” program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Hickory Creek Preserve – Hickory Creek Barrens, located on Schoolhouse Road, north of Route 30. The Forest Preserve created this special program to instill a “safety first” attitude among in-line skaters, walkers, wildlife watchers, runners and cyclists. Trail safety awareness, skills and rules will be explored. Forest Preserve Police will be present to answer questions from the public. A small-business partner will be on site with activities and merchandise. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages event.
For more information on these programs and other Forest Preserve District offerings, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.