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Forest Preserve District of Cook County

October 2021

Open Nature Play Day

October 20, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2021

Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd and Western Ave
Chicago, IL United States
Free

Bring your little one for open nature play time. Enjoy the Dan Ryan Woods Nature Play space while helping your children connect with nature. Enjoy stories, art and exploration each time. 

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Oaktoberfest Afternoon Activities

October 21, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 28, 2021

Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Join the Illinois Extension Master Naturalists for simple outdoor fun, including kid’s make-and-take crafts, games, and fall gardening guidance and free native plant seeds. For adults and families, no registration.

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Camping 101

October 21, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Camp Bullfrog Lake, 9600 Wolf Road
Willow Springs, IL 60480 United States
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Free

Free hands-on workshop designed to teach anyone basic camping skills. Topics include tent setup, campfire cooking, camping fun, dressing for camping, camping etiquette and more. Have a tent from home you need to practice setting up? Bring it with and we will walk you through it. Registration is required.

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Story Trail

October 23, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2021

Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Take a walk on a short trail near Trailside Museum and read a posted story along the way. Afterwards, get an activity bag at the Museum so you can start your own adventure with crafts and activities.

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Story Trail

October 24, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2021

Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Take a walk on a short trail near Trailside Museum and read a posted story along the way. Afterwards, get an activity bag at the Museum so you can start your own adventure with crafts and activities.

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Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt

October 24, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480 United States
Free

Find all the hidden pumpkins on our Farm Pond Trail during this fun scavenger hunt. Costumes encouraged but not required.    For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Halloween Events.

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Mother Nature and Me

October 27, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480 United States
Free

Children 3 – 5 years old and their favorite adult will learn about nature through playing, exploring, and investigating the natural world together. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Call Little Red Schoolhouse at 708-839-6897.

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Open Nature Play Day

October 27, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until October 28, 2021

Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd and Western Ave
Chicago, IL United States
Free

Bring your little one for open nature play time. Enjoy the Dan Ryan Woods Nature Play space while helping your children connect with nature. Enjoy stories, art and exploration each time. 

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Family Pond Paddle

October 27, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Families, enjoy an evening out paddling on Thatcher Glen Pond located at the Trailside Museum of Natural History.  Instruction, sanitized equipment and kayaks provided. Registration is required.

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Oaktoberfest Afternoon Activities

October 28, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until October 28, 2021

Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Join the Illinois Extension Master Naturalists for simple outdoor fun, including kid’s make-and-take crafts, games, and fall gardening guidance and free native plant seeds. For adults and families, no registration.

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Stars Stories and Smores

October 28, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Join a family-friendly evening with a cozy fire, s ’mores, a “spooky” story trail, star gazing, pumpkin painting and more. Costumes encouraged!

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Story Trail

October 30, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2021

Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Take a walk on a short trail near Trailside Museum and read a posted story along the way. Afterwards, get an activity bag at the Museum so you can start your own adventure with crafts and activities.

Find out more »

Fall Color Walk

October 30, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
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Free

Join us for a naturalist-guided walk to view autumn colors along our trails near the Museum. Family program.

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Halloween Night Hike

October 30, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480 United States
Free

Dress up in your best nature-related costume as we search for creepy, crawly creatures on our trails lit with donated carved pumpkins. Please consider donating a carved pumpkin for this program 1 week prior. Prizes will be given for best costume and pumpkin.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Local Hayrides, Forest Walks, and Haunted Houses.

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Story Trail

October 31, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until October 31, 2021

Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Take a walk on a short trail near Trailside Museum and read a posted story along the way. Afterwards, get an activity bag at the Museum so you can start your own adventure with crafts and activities.

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