Tuesday to Thursday from June 23 to 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Earth, air, water & fire, exploring the . . . ancient “elements”
Did you ever wonder where Percy Jackson's Olympian Gods really got their power? They didn't just beg Zeus for help -they relied on the four Greek elements- Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Join us for three days of exploring the current science of these ancient "elements" through nature study, stories, games, crafts, and investigative hikes. Snacks will be provided. Children should wear play clothes: long pants; a light, long-sleeved shirt or jacket; and sturdy shoes for exploring (not sandals). Insect repellent and sun block are highly encouraged. Children should bring a lunch and a water bottle. Ages 7 to 10, $35 per child. Registration and payment required by Monday, June 15. RSVP: 708-747-6320 or E-mail: email@example.com
Friday, July 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.
FIREFLIES NIGHT HIKE
Flashing lights throughout the night
Discover why fireflies flash Fireflies or lightening bugs, no matter what you call them, their flashing lights are seen throughout the night. Discover why fireflies flash back and forth to each other and what it means. Let the magic of “lightening bugs” entrance you on this summer night adventure. Free! All ages. Registration required by Wed., July 15. RSVP: 708-747-6320 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
PRAIRIE SAMPLER WORK DAY
Sunday, July 26 from 1 to 3 p.m.
TREES BIG AND SMALL–THE LORAX
Identify trees by leaves and bark.
Help the Lorax find and protect the different species of trees in Thorn Creek Woods! Musical clues and a reading of the favorite Dr. Seuss tale will help you to Identify trees by leaves and bark. Find seedlings and young saplings, count the rings to find the oldest trees, measure the width of the trunks. Is the thickest trunk necessarily the oldest? Discover the inner workings of forest ecology. Free. Ages 12 years and younger. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by Friday, July 24.
Friday, July 31 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
SOUNDS OF INSECTS NIGHT HIKE
Listen and learn
Join us as we venture out on the trail listening for musical and mechanical insect sounds on the night of the blue moon. Many insects become more active as the sun goes down. We’ll listen and learn the distinct sounds of common local species and why they make these sounds. All ages. Free! Registration required by Wednesday, July 29.
August 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NATURE CAMP FOR SENIORS: THE LORAX
Discover the inner workings of forest ecology
A reading of the favorite Dr. Seuss tale will help you to identify trees by leaves and bark, find seedlings and young saplings, count the rings to find the oldest trees, measure the width of the trunks. Discover the inner workings of forest ecology. Lunch will be provided. Monday, Age 50 years and up; $5 per person. Registration required by Saturday, August 7.
Monday, August 17 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
PRAIRIE SAMPLER WORK DAY
Make a difference in a natural environment
May 1, 2015
FRIENDS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES
Annual Renewal Deadline is May 1.
Please make checks payable to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods and mail to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods, Box 159, Richton Park, IL 60471. For additional information call: 708-747-6320. Click here if you would like to download a FRIENDS membership payment form.
Available now and throughout the year
NATURE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
For Children and Adults
The Nature Center at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve offers educational programs throughout the year for schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth groups, and also families and adult groups. Minimum group size for a program is 10; maximum is 20. Larger groups may be accommodated based on staff availability. Click to view or download our Nature Education Programs for Children and Adults brochure.
Just published by the FRIENDS of Thorn Creek Woods!
THORN CREEK NEWS
Sunday, April 12, 2015
HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS
Park Forest Historical Society
On Sunday, April 12, 2015, the Park Forest Historical Society inducted into the Park Forest Hall of Fame, FRIENDS of Thorn Creek Woods, Jon Mendelson and Judy Dolan Mendelson. FRIENDS was nominated by the Board of the Park Forest Historical Society and Jon and Judy by Penny Chamberlain. (click image for larger captioned view) To read all about it, see THORN CREEK NEWS; Spring 2015, pg. 15
Let us know!
WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN?
Share your observations of birds—or critters or plants
Let us know what birds (and other critters and plants) that you observe in the woods this year. Tell us what you observed and where in the preserve. How? Leave a note or the blue Trail Watcher sheet in the Drop Box at the front door to nature center. Email us at email@example.com. You can also stop in the nature center Friday-Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.