UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Playdate With Snails, Minnows and Worms
    Tue, Jul 27
    Monee Reservoir
    Jul 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Monee Reservoir, Monee Reservoir, Monee Township, IL 60449, USA
    Snails, minnows and worms are a staple at Monee Reservoir! See these critters up close and learn about them through fun indoor and outdoor activities. We encourage experiencing the outdoors rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.
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  • Animal Olympics
    Sat, Jul 31
    Isle a la Cache Museum
    Jul 31, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
    Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E Romeo Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446, USA
    In recognition of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, join us for the “Animal Olympics” at Isle a la Cache Museum. Learn about Illinois animals that are excellent at moving fast, balancing and hopping. Test your own skills and strengths compared to what animals can do.
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  • National Night Out
    Tue, Aug 03
    Monee Reservoir
    Aug 03, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Monee Reservoir, Monee Reservoir, Monee Township, IL 60449, USA
    Celebrate National Night Out at Monee Reservoir with a meet and greet with the region’s first responders. See their emergency vehicles up close and get a picture with Willy the Woodchuck, our Forest Preserve District mascot.
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  • Reptiles! Exploring Kankakee Sands!
    Fri, Aug 06
    Kankakee Sands Preserve
    Aug 06, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
    Kankakee Sands Preserve, Wilmington, IL 60481, USA
    If you have never been to Kankakee Sands Preserve, now is the time. The sandy soil of this preserve creates a unique habitat for many animals. Reptiles love it! Join a naturalist as we search the prairie and woodlands for some really cool reptiles. You never know what we might find.
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  • Gaming in the Forest: Pokémon
    Sun, Aug 08
    Hickory Creek Preserve — LaPorte Road
    Aug 08, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Hickory Creek Preserve — LaPorte Road, 10537 W La Porte Rd, Mokena, IL 60448, USA
    Bring your friends out and experience nature like never before – with a good game of Pokémon! Grab your favorite deck and challenge another participant. We’ll have a fire and smores’ in case you need a break from the action.
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  • Nature Play Day: Insects
    Wed, Aug 11
    Plum Creek Nature Center
    Aug 11, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 Dutton Rd, Beecher, IL 60401, USA
    Join us monthly for nature-themed programs for tots 3 years old to 5 years old. This month is all about our six-legged friends: insects. Hands-on activities may include a hike, a story, games, music, art and more.
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  • LEGO Gone Wild
    Thu, Aug 12
    Hadley Valley Preserve — Gougar Road
    Aug 12, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Hadley Valley Preserve — Gougar Road, Co Hwy 52, Joliet, IL 60432, USA
    Explore the outdoors with a naturalist using binoculars, bug boxes, insect nets and more. Discover how people, nature and LEGOs fit together! Once we harness some inspiration, we’ll get building. The strong STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) aspect will be our little secret.
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  • LEGO Gone Wild
    Fri, Aug 13
    Hickory Creek Preserve — LaPorte Road
    Aug 13, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Hickory Creek Preserve — LaPorte Road, 10537 W La Porte Rd, Mokena, IL 60448, USA
    Explore the outdoors with a naturalist using binoculars, bug boxes, insect nets and more. Discover how people, nature and LEGOs fit together! Once we harness some inspiration, we’ll get building. The strong STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) aspect will be our little secret.
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  • Water Creature Encounter
    Sat, Aug 14
    McKinley Woods — Kerry Sheridan Grove
    Aug 14, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT
    McKinley Woods — Kerry Sheridan Grove, 25055 S Walnut Ln, Channahon, IL 60410, USA
    Dip your net into the shallows of the DuPage River and discover the tiny creatures that call it home. Explore life from the riverbed to the surface without ever leaving the shore. This hands-on program allows children of all abilities to come face to face with the aquatic insects and creatures.
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  • Nature Explorers
    Tue, Aug 17
    Messenger Woods Nature Preserve
    Aug 17, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Messenger Woods Nature Preserve, 13800 W Bruce Rd, Homer Glen, IL 60491, USA
    Bring the little ones out for a forest adventure! We’ll hop, skip, and jump in the woods while discovering colored flowers, leaf shapes and patterned bugs. We’ll become nature detectives and investigate signs of animal activity to determine who’s living in the forest.
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  • Hike and Seek!
    Fri, Aug 20
    Plum Creek Nature Center
    Aug 20, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 Dutton Rd, Beecher, IL 60401, USA
    Visit Goodenow Grove for a game of hike and seek! Before coming to the program, download the free Seek app from iNaturalist on your phone. A naturalist will share the ins and outs of using the app to identify different plants, animals and fungi. Then the challenge begins!
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  • Summer Sendoff Paddle & Ice Cream
    Sat, Aug 28
    Monee Reservoir
    Aug 28, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Monee Reservoir, Monee Reservoir, Monee Township, IL 60449, USA
    Bring the crew out to take in some of the last summer sun before fall sets in at Monee Reservoir. Once off the water, we will end the program with each participant receiving an ice cream treat of their choice!
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  • WonderKids: Turtles
    Sun, Aug 29
    Isle a la Cache Museum
    Aug 29, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Isle a la Cache Museum, 501 E Romeo Rd, Romeoville, IL 60446, USA
    Calling all families with preschoolers! Join us for a hands-on program designed for your little one. In this month’s program, we will explore turtles. You’ll get to meet our turtle friends Taco, H3 and Shirlee. This program is geared for children ages 2 to 5.
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