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End your winter hibernation with a Forest Preserve District outing

3/22/2018, 9:05 a.m.
Spring is in the air, and the Forest Preserve District is ready to help you get moving with these hibernation-ending ...
Veterans and active-duty military will pay less for Forest Preserve District of Will County dog park permits in 2018 thanks to action taken Oct. 12 by the District’s board of commissioners.

Spring is in the air, and the Forest Preserve District is ready to help you get moving with these hibernation-ending programs:

ROMEOVILLE – “Living History Demonstrations,” noon-3 p.m. Sundays, April 8 and May 6, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum. Members of the museum’s volunteer brigade portray life during the French fur trade era. April’s theme is Weapons of the 18th Century; May’s theme is Historic Fire-Starting. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages program.

CHANNAHON – “Little Explorers,” 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays April 11 and June 6, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. Experience indoor and outdoor hands-on activities. April’s theme is Bird Eggs; June’s theme is Art in Nature. The free program is for ages 5 and younger. Register two days before each program at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 815-722-9470.

BEECHER – “Nature Play Days,” 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, April 11, May 9 and June 6, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center. Experience indoor and outdoor hands-on activities. The free program is for ages 3-5. Registration is not required.

CHANNAHON – “Hikin’ with Your Hound,” 5-6 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access. Enjoy an evening walk with a naturalist and your pup. The free program is for all ages. Register by Wednesday, April 11, at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 815-722-9470.

CUSTER TOWNSHIP – “Sands Bird Hike,” 8-10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Kankakee Sands Preserve. Take a hike through the preserve with an interpretive naturalist and other like-minded birders. The free program is for ages 18 and older. Register by Thursday, April 12, at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 815-722-9470.

ROMEOVILLE – “Nature Sensory Hike,” 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum. Explore the preserve through touch, smell, sight and sound. The free program is for ages 10 and younger. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org by Thursday, April 12, or call 815-886-1467.

BEECHER – “Salamander Safari,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center. Meet a few of the nature center’s live creatures, then join a naturalist for a guided off-trail experience searching for salamanders , frogs, toads and more. The free program is for all ages. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org or by calling 708-946-2216.

BEECHER – “Worm Bin Workshop,” 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center. Learn how to assemble a worm bin composter. A 10-gallon storage container will be provided. The program is for ages 10 and older and costs $3 per person. Register at ReconnectWithNature.org by Wednesday, April 11, or call 708-946-2216.

MONEE – Three sessions of “Fishing for Trash” will be offered at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir from 6 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, April 17-Sunday, April 22; and 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15-Sunday, May 20, and Tuesday, June 5-Sunday, June 10. Pick up a trash bag and gloves at the concessions stand and fill it with trash. Bring it back to the window and receive a free gift. Registration is not required for this free, all-ages program.

MONEE/BEECHER – “Recycle Your Bicycle” Tuesday, April 17-Sunday, April 29, at two locations: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monee Reservoir and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Plum Creek Nature Center. Donate bikes in any condition – new or beyond repair – and the Forest Preserve District of Will County will give them to local recycling nonprofits that refurbish them for people in need of a mode of transportation locally, regionally and globally. Registration is not required.