The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers a wide variety of programs year-round. Here are some of the upcoming offerings:
PLAINFIELD – “Migratory Bird Hike,” 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access. Join a guided hike of up to 2 miles in search of amazing waterfall, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds. Bring binoculars; a limited supply will be available for loan. Meet in the Plainfield Township office building parking lot on Lockport Street. Free; ages 7 or older. Register by Thursday, Oct. 3, at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-886-1467.
WILMINGTON – “Bike the Bridge,” 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access. Join a fun 5-mile bike ride on the Wauponsee Glacial Trail and learn about the trail and its geological name. The ride includes a short break at Rivals Lookout Park and a discussion of the history of the Kankakee River railroad bridge. A water bottle and helmet are strongly encouraged. Free; ages 8 or older. Register by Wednesday, Oct. 2, at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-722-9470.
CRETE TOWNSHIP – “Meet a Beekeeper,” 12:30-2:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, Plum Creek Nature Center. Meet local beekeeper Mike Rusnak to discuss the art of beekeeping and chat with other beekeeping enthusiasts. Pick up specific beekeeping tips or simply learn more about the world of beekeeping. Free; ages 18 or older.
CRETE TOWNSHIP – “Nature Play Day,” 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, Plum Creek Nature Center. This nature-themed program includes hands-on activities that can include a hike, story, games, music, art and more. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Free; ages 3-5.