An evening of music inspired by nature

Thorn Creek Chamber Players Fall Concert


TC-Chamber-Players-May-2014-1AS THE LEAVES FALL come celebrate the woods with a concert by cellist Ingrid Krizan, bassist Julian Romane, and the Thorn Creek Chamber Players on Friday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nature Center. Tickets are on sale now for this popular event.


JOIN THE THORN CREEK CHAMBER PLAYERS for their third evening of nature-inspired music written in styles both familiar and perhaps new to your ears! Discover Charles Ives, an American composer who successfully mutated native folk-tunes into innovative concert forms. Ives lived in a small town filled with clapboard meeting houses, places where some of his works were heard for the first time. Recreate the experience here at Thorn Creek Nature Center’s 1860’s building.


ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT THORN CREEK WOODS NATURE CENTER AND PRESERVE. Join us for a fun evening as music echoes through the autumn woods. We will provide refreshments. Seating is limited and registration is required by Wednesday, Sept. 3. Cost is $10 per person. This program is for those older than 12 years. RSVP: 708-747-6320 or 

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.

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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. 

Garlic cleaning day

Have fun cleaning garlic, enhancing your garlic braiding skills, and creating fun raffle baskets Saturday, Aug. 23 between 11 am and 4 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. Helpers are welcome for any or all of that time.

We'll provide refreshments and the tools - old toothbrushes and scissors. Bring gloves if you like. Garlic braiding practice time will be available. Cleaned garlic will be offered for sale at Garlic Fest Saturday, Oct. 4. and the stems will be used at the Fest for braiding demonstrations.

RSVP for Garlic Cleaning Day at 708-747-6320 or

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Upcoming activities at Thorn Creek Woods

08/23/2014 - GARLIC CLEANING 08/23/2014 - GARLIC CLEANING It's time to clean the garlic that we will sell and braid and eat at Garlic Fest. The crop is particularly good this year... More detail
09/05/14 - THORN CREEK CHAMBER PLAYERS AUTUMN CONCERT 09/05/14 - THORN CREEK CHAMBER PLAYERS AUTUMN CONCERT Thorn Creek Chamber Players in May featured bassist Julian Pat Romane, Elaine Forman, Suzanne Rickman, cellist Ingrid Krizan... More detail
09/06/14 - JUNIOR ECOLOGISTS CLUB SEPTEMBER PROGRAM 09/06/14 - JUNIOR ECOLOGISTS CLUB SEPTEMBER PROGRAM   Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve’s Junior Ecologists Club offers fun-filled nature activities each month for... More detail
09/15/2014 - PRAIRIE SAMPLER WORK DAY (5th of 5) 09/15/2014 - PRAIRIE SAMPLER WORK DAY (5th of 5) Get down and dirty and help Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Service care for our Prairie Sampler.... More detail

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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