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Forest Preserve programs feature lots of free activities

9/8/2021, 10:58 p.m.
Help clean a preserve, take a hike or learn about the underappreciated animals you can see out your window during ...
Learn about squirrels and other neighborhood critters during the Forest Preserve District of Will County's "Underappreciated – Neighborhood Mammals" Zoom webinar program at 6 p.m. Sept. 23. (Photo by Forest Preserve staff | Glenn Knoblock)

Help clean a preserve, take a hike or learn about the underappreciated animals you can see out your window during September Forest Preserve District of Will County programs. Registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. (Face masks are now required for both indoor and outdoor programs). Here is the lineup:

NAPERVILLE- Riverview Farmstead Tour: Discover three generations of the Clow Family during this Forest Preserve District program from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Riverview Farmstead Preserve. A naturalist will share stories of life from the early days of the farm and welcome you inside the 19th-century buildings. The program is free and for ages 12 or older. Register online by Sept. 16 or call 815-886-1467.

ROMEOVILLE- Living History Encounter – Storage and Containers: Experience local history up close and personal during this Forest Preserve District drop in program from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Isle a la Cache Museum. Learn about how people in the 18th-century would store things like food and water. See different storage containers made from natural elements like bark and reeds, and try your hand at making your own basket! Registration is not required.

JOLIET - Full Moon Fire Hike: Join a Forest Preserve District naturalist for a hike through the open prairie from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Hadley Valley – Gougar Road Access. Experience the full moon rising over the natural habitat of what Illinois once was. After taking in all the sights and sounds of the preserve, head back and enjoy a campfire with goodies. Bring a camping chair for the fire or enjoy a seat at a picnic tables under the pavilion. Register online for this free, all ages program or call 708-534-8499.

JOLIET - Fall Night Hike: Celebrate the first day of autumn with a casual and carefree hike from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Rock Run Preserve – Black Road Access. Discover the sights and sounds of the changing seasons as you stroll the trails with a Forest Preserve District naturalist. Register online for the free, all-ages program by Sept. 21 or call 815-722-9470.

(ZOOM WEBINAR) Underappreciated – Neighborhood Mammals: Learn about the everyday animals from 6-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, online. This Forest Preserve District webinar digs deeper into the robins, chipmunks and spiders you can see from your window and other underappreciated creatures. Register online for this free, all-ages program to receive the Zoom link.

For more information on the Forest Preserve District of Will County, visitReconnectWithNature.org.