Forest Preserve happenings painting, canoeing and reptile
Romeoville – “Cork and Craft,” 1-3 p.m., Saturday, July 22, Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E. 135th St. Professional artist Catherine Game will explain her “Backyard Birds” exhibit, which is on display at the museum, and lead attendees through a painting activity. Bring your own wine to sip during the program. Painting supplies will be provided. The program is for ages 21 and older and it costs $10 per person. Register by July 18 at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 815-886-1467.
Monee – “Canoe and Campfire,” 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 27, Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave. Canoe on the water and roast s’mores on shore. Equipment will be provided. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. The program is for ages 12 and older and costs $12 per person. Register by July 25 at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 708-534-8499.
Braidwood– “Reptiles of the Dunes,” 6-7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, at Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve, located on Route 113, east of Route 53. Explore the habitat of the six-lined racerunner and learn about other reptiles as you hike the preserve. No restrooms or water are available at this site. Wear bug repellent. The free program is for ages 5 and older. Register by July 26 at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 815-722-9470.