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Plan a wedding or cure cabin fever with Forest Preserve this winter

1/9/2017, midnight
Get out of the house this winter and explore what the Forest Preserve has to offer with its January series ...
Conquer cabin fever with the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

BEECHER – “Nature Play Days” will be offered from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 8 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road. Parents with young children (ages 3-5) are invited to the free program. Activities can include hiking, stories, games, dancing and playing. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Registration for both children and adults is required by the Friday before each program; call 708-946-2216.

CHANNAHON – The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s annual “Four Rivers’ Wedding Open House” house will be offered from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, 25055 W. Walnut Lane, McKinley Woods. The open house will provide everything you need to know about planning a 2018 wedding or event at the center. Get ideas for an eco-friendly celebration, and view photos of previous weddings at the site. The open house is for ages 18 and older. Registration is preferred; call 815-722-9470 or email fourrivers@fpdwc.org.

ROMEOVILLE –The Illinois & Michigan Canal’s history will be explained during the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “A Canal to Build On” program from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. 135th St. (Romeo Road). Lewis University history professor Dennis Cremin will share information about the daily grind and political maneuvers that went into building the I&M Canal. The free program is for ages 16 and older. Registration is required by Jan. 17; call 815-886-1467.

BEECHER – A “Morning Bird Hike” will take place from 8-10 a.m. at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road. Join a naturalist for a crisp winter morning walk to find out how many birds are staying put for winter. Dress for the weather and bring your binoculars and favorite bird guide. A limited number of binoculars will be available for loan. The free program is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required two days before the program; call 708-946-2216.

ROMEOVILLE – Monthly sessions of the “Busy Beavers Craft Club” will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 18 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. 135th St. (Romeo Road). Learn to make a craft you can take home. Each month will feature a different craft activity. The free program is for ages 15 and younger accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required.

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

Photo: Attend the “Four Rivers’ Wedding Open House” on Jan. 14 to find out everything you need to know about planning a wedding or a special event at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon.