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Fun in the Cook County forests is nearby

From staff reports

Officials at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County have announced a calendar of family-fun events, many of which are just minutes away from the Southwest Side.Screen Shot 2021 11 05 at 11.32.17 PM

  • Seed Collecting Workday

Saturday, Nov. 6 • 10 a.m.

Trailside Museum of Natural History – 738 Thatcher Ave., River Forest.

Join staff of Trailside Museum to collect seeds of native flowers and grasses in a nearby preserve, to spread into Forest Preserve areas that need more biodiversity. For adults and older children; dress for rough, off-trail conditions. Call to register and get location of meeting place at (708) 366-6530.

  • Nature Story Trail: “Giving Thanks”

Friday, Nov. 12 – Monday, Nov. 29 • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Trailside Museum of Natural History.

Follow a short trail near Trailside Museum and read a posted story along the way. Afterwards, pick up an activity kit in Trailside’s lobby so you can start your own adventure with crafts and activities.

  • S.E.N.I.O.R.S

Thursday, Nov. 4 • 10 a.m.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center – 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

Seniors Enjoying Nature Inside/Outside Rain or Shine! Join us for a nature-inspired adventure for seniors. Ages 55 and up.

  • Bison Day Migration Hike

Saturday, Nov. 6 • 10 a.m.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center.

Join a naturalist on a guided natural history hike by the prairie as we discuss bison and other fall migrants. Ages 8 and up.

  • Know Before You Go: Map Reading & Orienteering

Saturday, Nov. 6 • 11 a.m.

Camp Bullfrog – 9600 Wolf Road, Willow Springs.

Learn basic map reading and compass skills to use while exploring the Forest Preserves of Cook County, then complete a fun orienteering course to test your skills. All ages welcome. Register at [email protected].

  • Resident Raptors

Sunday, Nov. 7 • 1 p.m.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center.

A naturalist will provide histories, care basics of raptors and provide a feeding demonstration.

  • Mother Nature and Me – Migration

Wednesday, Nov. 10 • 10 a.m.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center.

Children 3-6 years old and their favorite adult will learn about migration through fun activities and a guided walk to the prairie.

Still Here, Hiding in Plain Site

Thursday, Nov. 11 • 10 a.m.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center.

Along the Black Oak Trail, we will highlight areas that have been invaded by invasive plant species, as well as some of the places that have started to heal as a result of our efforts.

R.I.P. Stewardship

Saturday, Nov. 13 • 10 a.m. – noon

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center.

Join us as we Remove Invasive Plants with bow saws and loppers. Tools, gloves and a snack will be provided. Please wear closed-toed shoes and long pants. Ages 15 and up.

  • Crafternoon

Wednesday, Nov. 17 • noon.

Swallow Cliff Woods Pavilion, Route 83, west of La Grange Road.

Let nature inspire your creativity. We will have various arts and crafts projects for you to take part in, all with a nature theme. All ages. To register, please call (312) 533-5751.

  • Walk and Talk: National Take a Hike Day

Wednesday, Nov. 17 • 5 p.m.

Orland Grassland Land and Water Reserve, just west of 167th and LaGrange Road.

Celebrate National Take a Hike Day by hitting the trail with a naturalist. Walk & Talk Hikes are for the curious minds who want to know more about the Forest Preserves and natural areas. These hikes will be led at a slower pace with frequent stopping and interpretation. For more information, call (708) 305-2168.

  • Partial Lunar Eclipse Viewing

Friday, Nov. 19 • 3 – 5 am

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center.

Join us as we view the maximum time of eclipse unfold in the early hours of the morning. Although the eclipse begins at midnight, we will keep watch during the most important time as the moon is closest to the center of the shadow. Bring a chair and binoculars if you have them; limited pairs to lend.

  • Moon Walk

Friday, Nov. 19 • 6 p.m.

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center.

Let the Beaver Full Moon be our guide as we hike our 1-mile White Oak Trail and warm up by a fire under the night sky afterwards. All ages. Please bring binoculars; limited pairs to lend.

  • Fitness Hike: Midlothian Meadows

Saturday, Nov. 20 • 10 a.m.

Midlothian Meadows, just north of 159th and Crawford.

Fitness hikes are for those looking to get some exercise outdoors. Fitness hikes will be faster paced with little to no stopping or interpretation. 2.65 miles. For more information, call (708) 305-2168.

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