Top 5 Things to Do in the Preserves This Week Jan. 27, 2017

1. Explore 1890s ice harvesting. Get a glimpse of how farm families kept food cold before electricity and mechanical refrigeration at Ice Harvest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27 ‒ 29, from 1 ‒ 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. Discover how big ice blocks were stacked and insulated to stay frozen for months, and enjoy a variety of fun activities at this annual favorite. Registration is not required for this free all-ages program. Questions? Call 630-876-5900.

2. Meet the critters of Fullersburg Woods. Stop by the visitor center to meet some of the toads, snakes and turtles that call Fullersburg home at Critter Chat on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 12:30 ‒ 12:50 p.m. at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. They’ll have a different featured guest each week at this free all-ages program, which runs through Feb. 26. Registration is not required. Questions? Call 630-850-8110.

3. Hone your survival skills. Discover how to set up camp, build a fire and perform other vital survival skills at Wilderness Survival on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 1 ‒ 3 p.m. at Herrick Lake in Wheaton. The program costs $5 and is for ages 7 and up; under 18 with an adult. Register online or at 630-933-7248.

4. Pitch in & volunteer! Discover the rewards of helping nature at a Pitch In & Volunteer presentation on Wed., Feb. 1 from 6:30 ‒ 7:30 p.m. at our Danada headquarters in Wheaton. The presentation explains the more than 50 volunteer opportunities available through the District. Do your part to nurture nature by donating some time to the forest preserves. Registration is not required for the free all-ages program. Questions? Call 630-933-7233.

5. Celebrate the wonders of winter. Discover the many ways to enjoy the outdoors in winter at Wonders of Winter on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. Go on a horse-drawn hayride, take a nature hike, try ice fishing and make s’mores at this all-ages event. Then, warm up inside Mayslake Hall with fun activities and helpful facts about forest preserve plants, animals and programs from our rangers, naturalists and volunteers. Registration is not required; free admission, but there are fees for some activities. Questions? Call 630-933-7248. 

Don't forget: Explore blizzards and beauty. Enjoy winter-themed works of art by talented Forest Preserve District staff and volunteers at the Blizzards and Beauty exhibit, which runs through Feb. 24 at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The art exhibit features the work of District staff and volunteers and was featured in a review in the Chicago Tribune’s Doings Oak Brook News. It is open Monday ‒ Friday 9 a.m. ‒ 3 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m. Questions? Call 630-206-9566.

Nurture nature by helping at one of these upcoming Volunteer Restoration Workdays. Help remove nonnative plants or spread seeds. For ages 8 and up; under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Register at (630) 206-9630 at least five business days prior (10 days for groups of five or more). 

Feb. 1                            Springbrook Prairie 
Feb. 4 Springbrook Prairie 
Feb. 11 Churchill Woods 
Feb. 19 Springbrook Prairie 
Feb. 25 West Chicago Prairie 


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