Donate to the Capital Fund

Your donation will help us finish construction of the new north bridge, paint the nature center’s exterior, replace the south bridge or re-route the trail, replace the old long boardwalk, and improve Owl Lake trail.

CAPITAL FUND donations can be made out to and mailed to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, Illinois 60466. 

Complete information is available from Judy Mendelson at thorn_creek or 708-747-6320.

[Download CAPITAL FUND brochure.]  [Download CAPITAL FUND flyer.]

Wednesday Morning Walkers

Wednesdays: 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Registration required two days before your first walk. Free! Ages 13-adult.

Walks are led by a Thorn Creek Woods naturalist.

Follow the forest’s seasonal changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on 2 miles of Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve’s winding trails.

Call 708-747-6320 or e-mail to register for your first walk or for additional information. 



Friends of Thorn Creek Woods
Thorn Creek News

August 2014   click to read or download
(see Capital Fund progress)

Spring 2013   click to read or download

Winter 2012-13   click to read or download

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Upcoming activities at Thorn Creek Woods

10/26/14 - SKULLS AND BONES Kids of all ages can bone up on their artistic skills and anatomical knowledge as local artist Patricia Moore guides them... More detail
11/01/14 - JUNIOR ECOLOGISTS CLUB NOVEMBER PROGRAM Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve’s Junior Ecologists Club offers fun-filled nature activities each month for young people.... More detail
11/02/14 - AN AFTERNOON WITH FRIENDS OF THORN CREEK WOODS Gather for a fun-filled afternoon with a potluck, presentation, and, of course, a hike. We’ll even have a business meeting... More detail

Fall and Winter Activities Brochure

fall-winter-coverClick the image above to download or read this handy brochure online. It contains all of the wonderful Fall and Winter activities (September through December) offered by the Nature Center at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve!


Rent the Nature Center

Nature Center building can be rented for gatherings. 

Call 708-747-6320 or email us at for information.


Group Programs

Programs for schools, youth groups, scouts, seniors, homeschoolers, and other groups are offered both at the preserve and off-site.

Call 708-747-6320 or email us at for information. 


Nature Center Closed

Friday, November 28 through Sunday, November 30 - Thanksgiving
Friday, December 19 through Sunday December 21
Friday, December 26 through Sunday, December 28 - Christmas
Friday, January 2 through Sunday, January 4 - New Years

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