The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers a wide variety of programs year-round. Here are some of the upcoming offerings:
CRETE TOWNSHIP – “Trick-or-Treat in the Woods,” 7-8 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at Plum Creek Nature Center. Come dressed in costume and hike along a glowing trail while looking for treats. Listen to a spooky story under the stars; enjoy a crackling fire while roasting hot dogs and s’mores. All ages; $3 per person. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register by Wednesday, Oct. 9, at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 708-946-2216.
CHANNAHON – “Four Rivers Bird Hike,” 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove. Learn from an interpretive naturalist and other like-minded birders as you take a bird hike through oak-hickory forest or restored prairie near the Des Plaines River. Meet at the Four Rivers Shelter. Free; ages 18 or older. Register by Thursday, Oct. 10, at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-722-9470.
CHANNAHON – “Why Are the Trees Painted?” 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove. Learn why leaves change color and what colors their leaves will turn in the fall through hands-on activities and discussions. Meet at Four Rivers Shelter. Free; ages 18 or older. Register by Thursday, Oct. 10, at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-722-9470.
ROMEOVILLE – “Plastic-free Living,” 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Isle a la Cache Museum. In the United States, more than 500 million plastic straws are thrown away daily and around 100 billion plastic bags are purchased annually. Learn how to live plastic free and make small lifestyle changes that have huge benefits for the natural world. After the presentation participants will venture out into the preserve to help remove litter. Free; ages 13 or older. (Ages 15 or younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.) Register by Thursday, Oct. 10, at ReconnectWithNature.org or call 815-886-1467.