February at Thorn Creek Nature Center

StacyPisani200As old man winter howls down from the north and blankets Thorn Creek Woods with a layer of snow, the hardy birds and mammals tuck themselves into the nooks of trees and bed down amongst fallen leaves. Hikers wear extra layers of clothes and are eager to make the first human tracks in the snow. Will you be the first to explore the woods after fresh snow has fallen?

 

At nearly 1000 acres, Thorn Creek Nature Preserve is home to majestic oaks, hickory trees, white-tailed deer, owls, woodpeckers and much more. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes on your walk.

 

Thorn Creek Nature Center is nestled at the beginning of a three and half mile trail system that meanders through the Preserve. Housed in a small white wooden church built in the mid-1860’s, the nature center has a new tracks display to help in identifying all the footprints in the snow. And soon the nature center will be filled with materials and exhibits all about birds.

 

Stop in the Nature Center to warm up with hot chocolate or coffee, watch birds at our viewing window, and view the displays. The nature center is open Friday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and trails are open daily, dawn to dusk.

 

Come walk the trails with Wednesday Morning Walkers, every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Follow the forest’s seasonal changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on two miles of Thorn Creek’s winding trails. Trails can be wet or icy or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. This weekly program is free and open to those 13 years and older. Registration is required two days before your first walk.

February

ANIMALS IN WINTER: Dreams of Spring 2/8/15 ANIMALS IN WINTER: Dreams of Spring 2/8/15 Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with our creatures living in Thorn Creek Woods at “Animals in Winter: Dreams of Spring” on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 3 pm. How do these animals survive winter’s chills? What adaptations have they developed to keep warm and find food?  We’ll put ourselves... More detail
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 2/14/15 GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT 2/14/15 Come to Thorn Creek’s Great Backyard Bird Count open house, Saturday, Feb. 14, from 9 am to 2 pm for help with all things birds! For basic bird identifications—and tricky ones, too—choosing binoculars, bird feeding and feeder tips, local bird checklists and more. Birders of all levels are welcome.... More detail

March

WOODS MUSIC As spring begins come celebrate the woods with music. With the generous donation of the musicians’ time and expertise all proceeds will benefit Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve. Refreshments will be provided. ADVANCE REGISTRATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 7 P.M. $10 PER PERSON.... More detail

Hikes & Walks

Chili Evening Hike Thursday, March 5, 5:30-8 p.m., $5 per person fee, All ages. Registration required by Tuesday, March 3.
March into Spring Sunday, March 29, 1-3 p.m. Free! All ages. Registration required by Friday, March 27.
Hidden Ponds Sunday, April 19, 1-4 p.m. Free! Ages 10 years and up. Registration required by Friday, April 17.
Flower Moon Hike Sunday, May 3, 7-9 p.m. Free! All ages. Registration required by Friday, May 1.
Spring Wildflowers Hike Saturday, May 9, 1-4 p.m. Free! All ages. Registration required by Thursday, May 7.

Workshops

MAKE A GOURD BIRDHOUSE MAKE A GOURD BIRDHOUSE This is a fun family workshop to create a welcoming nesting space for birds in your own backyard. Join artist and teacher Pat Moore to make a natural style birdhouse from a gourd.      Birdhouses are increasingly important to cavity nesters like wrens and chickadees. All materials will be provided. Children under age 6 should be accompanied by an adult.TWO SESSIONS ON SUNDAY, MARCH 1. From 1 to 2 OR from 2:30 to 3:30 P.M. $10 PER HOUSE; LIMIT ONE PER PERSON. ALL AGES; REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27.    

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JUNIOR ECOLOGISTS CLUB

Thorn Creek Woods Junior Ecologists Club Thorn Creek Woods Junior Ecologists Club JEC offers monthly fun-filled nature activities for young people ages 9 to 12 on the first Saturday of every month -  from 12 noon until 3 pm. Young people should be prepared to get muddy, dress for the weather, wear boots and long pants. Thorn Creek’s Junior Ecologists Club is a free program. Registration is required 2 days before each program day.  Register by phoning: 708-747-6320.
Junior Ecologists Club - February 7 Junior Ecologists Club - February 7 In this session we will explore winter animal tracks and create our own animal track replicas. Noon to 3 pm. Free! Ages 9 to 12. Registration is required by Thursday Feb. 5.
Junior Ecologists Club - March 7 Noon to 3 pm. Free! Ages 9 to 12. Registration is required by Thursday, March 5.
Junior Ecologists Club - April 4 Noon to 3 pm. Free! Ages 9 to 12. Registration is required by Thursday April 2.

WEDNESDAY MORNING WALKERS

Wednesday Morning Walkers Join us every Wednesday morning to 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. Trails can be wet or muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes. 9 to 10:30 am. FREE! Ages 13 to adult. Registration required two days before your first walk.
Wednesday Walk - January 28 Registration is required two days before your first walk.
Wednesday Walk - February 4 Registration is required two days before your first walk.
Wednesday Walk - February 11 Registration is required two days before your first walk.
Wednesday Walk - February 18 Registration is required two days before your first walk.
Wednesday Walk - February 25 Registration is required two days before your first walk.

Volunteer

Spring clean up day Shake the winter blahs and come help in the annual spring cleaning of Thorn Creek Nature Center. There will be indoor and outdoor work to be done in preparation for the season. Bring a lunch and gloves and dress for the weather. Refreshments will be provided.SUNDAY, MARCH 15, NOON-4 P.M. FREE! ALL AGES; CHILDREN UNDER 15 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY THURSDAY, MARCH 12 FOR A GROUP OF 6 PEOPLE OR MORE.
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