UPCOMING EVENTS
Nature Play Day (Zoom webinar)
Wed, Jul 08
Zoom webinar
Jul 08, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Zoom webinar
Attend this program virtually with your 3-5 year old for a slithering good time. Meet Penny, our ball python, and learn what makes her an awesome creature. Listen to a story about a snake musical band, and sing along as we meet the bandmates.
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Creeker Seekers (Zoom webinar)
Fri, Jul 10
Zoom webinar
Jul 10, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Zoom webinar
Explore Hickory Creek virtually! Follow along as we flip over rocks in search of aquatic critters. We’ll count the frogs and hopefully see some fishy friends. Say hello to baby dragonflies and discover critters that look like boats, roly-polies and tiny shrimp.
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Vitamin N Family Hike
Sat, Jul 11
Rock Run Preserve - Black Road Access
Jul 11, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Rock Run Preserve - Black Road Access, Black Rd, Joliet, IL 60431, USA
N is for nature! Take your family outdoors for this interactive hike. Inspired by author Richard Louv’s belief that nature is essential for our well-being, we'll explore different habitats and creatures that live right beyond your back yard. Children will gain confidence exploring the natural world.
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Turtle Time (Zoom webinar)
Wed, Jul 15
Zoom webinar
Jul 15, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Zoom webinar
Do you love turtles? Here's your chance to see them up close during this Zoom program broadcast from Isle a la Cache Museum. Learn about the Blanding's turtles on display at the museum and meet our turtles, Taco, H3 and Shirlee.
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Firefly Hike
Wed, Jul 15
Four Rivers Environmental Education Cent
Jul 15, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Four Rivers Environmental Education Cent, 25055 S Walnut Ln, Channahon, IL 60410, USA
Fascinating fireflies fantastically light up the forest in the summer months. Come learn about these bioluminescent insects and enjoy a night through Fours Rivers’ forested trails. Meet at Four Rivers Shelter. Please dress for the weather.
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Caterpillar Hike
Wed, Jul 22
Four Rivers Environmental Education Cent
Jul 22, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Four Rivers Environmental Education Cent, 25055 S Walnut Ln, Channahon, IL 60410, USA
Are you mesmerized by cute caterpillars and beautiful butterflies? Do the life cycles of these incredible insects fascinate you? During this family-friendly program we will take a close look at caterpillars and their behaviors and then venture out in search of local caterpillars.
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Moth Mania (Zoom webinar)
Fri, Jul 24
Zoom webinar
Jul 24, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Zoom webinar
Join us virtually learning about what makes moths magical. Start with special adaptations and then discover the different groups of moths. Next learn how to create your own moth “research center” to attract your winged neighbors.
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Reptiles of the Dunes
Wed, Jul 29
Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Prese
Jul 29, 5:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Prese, 24329 IL-113, Braidwood, IL 60408, USA
Lizards in Illinois? No way ... yes way! Explore the home of the six-lined racerunner, learn about some cool reptiles and understand why they have chosen this place as their home.
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Pond Explorers Live!
Tue, Aug 04
Facebook Live
Aug 04, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Facebook Live
Join us live on Facebook for a pond exploration from Isle a la Cache Museum. We will be putting on hip waders and hitting the waters of our lagoon with dipping nets. Learn about the little creatures that live in the water.
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Mysteries of the Bat Revealed!
Fri, Aug 07
Hammel Woods - Route 59 Access
Aug 07, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Hammel Woods - Route 59 Access, 554 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, IL 60404, USA
Come bust bat myths with us as we hike through Hammel Woods! We’ll explore the native habitats of our local bat species! Stick around for a special treat as we watch the bats emerge from their sleeping quarters and go out on their nightly hunt.
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Reservoir Frogs
Sat, Aug 08
Monee Reservoir
Aug 08, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Monee Reservoir, Monee Reservoir, Monee Township, IL 60449, USA
Frogs are slippery, jumpy and just fun to find. Their camouflage helps them blend in and keeps them hidden from predators, which can make it challenging to spot them. Hike to spot frogs and then learn how to watch them without having them hop away.
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Nature Play Day (Zoom webinar)
Wed, Aug 12
Zoom webinar
Aug 12, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Zoom webinar
Explore the wonderful world of cicadas virtually with your youngsters 3 to 5 years old. Discover where and how cicadas live and why they make so much noise! We’ll read a very lovely cicada book together and even build some noise makers of our very own inspired by our friend, the cicada!
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Reptile Hike! Exploring Kankakee Sands
Fri, Aug 14
Kankakee Sands Preserve - Route 113 Acce
Aug 14, 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kankakee Sands Preserve - Route 113 Acce, 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 cool reptiles!
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Back to School Bike Ride
Sat, Aug 29
Hammel Woods - DuPage River Access
Aug 29, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Hammel Woods - DuPage River Access, 23435 W Black Rd, Shorewood, IL 60431, USA
Start the school year out right. Stay active on the weekends as a family! We will explore the prairie and view the river at stops along the ride. Our adventure is intended for all levels and abilities – trikes, balance bikes, and trailers welcome!
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