The Forest Preserve District of Will County is offering a 50-mile roundtrip bike camping adventure that will give participants a chance to sneak away by bike, spend two nights camping and return Sunday morning. The “Off-Leash: I&M Canal Trail Bike Ride and Overnighter” will be held from 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, through 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

The trip includes camping Friday night at Hickory Creek Preserve – Cleveland Road Access in Mokena, biking 25 miles Saturday, mostly along the Old Plank Road Trail and I&M Canal Trail, to McKinley Woods in Channahon. The group will enjoy a night hike, s’mores a campfire and socializing while camping along the Des Plaines River on Saturday night. Participants will bike 25 miles back to Hickory Creek Preserve on Sunday morning. Saturday breakfast/dinner and Sunday breakfast are included for campers. (Participants may choose to opt out of the Friday night camp and begin the ride Saturday morning at 10 a.m.; check-in between 8-10 a.m. Participants must be able to bike 25 miles each day over a variety of terrains.

The program is being offered in partnership with GoodSpeed Cycles. The cost is $85 per person and the all-ages program is free for children 11 and younger. For more details and to register, visit The ride is limited to 100 bike campers.


Forest Preserve District of Will County offers kayak safety, bug painting and campfire programs

WESLEY TOWNSHIP – Bring Your Own Boat: Kayak Skills and Safety (Advanced),” 10 a.m.-noon (session 1) and 1-3 p.m. (session 2) Saturday, Sept. 14, Rivals Lookout Park, 35149 S. Rivals Road. U.S. Canoe Association/American Canoe Association certified instructors will cover basic kayak safety on slow moving water. Participants must bring their own kayaks and personal flotation devices (PFD). All participants must wear a PFD. All other equipment will be provided. Wear clothes that can get wet and shoes that will stay on your feet. Consider bringing sunscreen, towels, a hat and a water bottle. Kayaking experience is required. Ages 18 or older; $40 per person. Register by Thursday, Sept. 12; call 815-722-9470.

CRETE TOWNSHIP – “Paint a Bug!” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Plum Creek Nature Center. Discover insects on a hike and then get crafty with some finger paints. This program is being held in conjunction with the “What’s Bugging Belva?” exhibit on display at the nature center from Sept. 1-Nov. 30. Free; ages 5 or older. Register by Thursday, Sept. 12, at or call 708-946-2216.

CHANNAHON – “Autumnal Equinox Campfire,” 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. Celebrate the coming of fall with other adults in a beautiful forest preserve. Activities may include a campfire, songs, stories, poetry and a night hike. Enjoy the magic of nighttime at this after-hours, adults-only experience. This event will take place rain or shine. The hike will be 1-2 miles on paved trails. Meet at the Four Rivers Shelter. Free; ages 18 or older. Register by Monday, Sept. 16, at or call 815-722-9470.

For more information on Forest Preserve District programs and events, visit