GARLIC FEST is Saturday, Oct. 4.

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Garlic Fest

Garlic Varieties

Storing Garlic

Garlic Reference


 Come taste different varieties of garlic, and gather information on garlic uses, planting techniques, organic gardening and garlic cooking. All garlic is organically grown on Thorn Creek’s Historic Farm and many 

refreshments include organic garlic in them!




garlic bulbs 
for sale.
$5 per car, or
$1 per bicycle. 
tips and advice.


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entire family.
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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. 

Volunteer for Garlic Fest

Garlic-d5Click the picture for a list of volunteer opportunities related to Thorn Creek GARLIC FEST on Saturday, Oct. 4.



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

10/10/14 - MAGICAL MOON NIGHT HIKE 10/10/14 - MAGICAL MOON NIGHT HIKE Come walk the boundary between the natural and magical night time worlds of Thorn Creek Woods. The music and magic of Harry... More detail
10/04/14 - THORN CREEK GARLIC FEST Celebrate the wonders of the garlic bulb and the world of organic growing. Come taste different varieties of garlic, and... More detail
10/11/14 - AUTUMN NIGHT HIKE 10/11/14 - AUTUMN NIGHT HIKE Experience the smells, sounds and sights of the changing season hiking Thorn Creek Woods night time trails. No flashlights,... 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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