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Forest Preserves of Cook County

January 2020

Winter Campfire & Night Hike

January 24, 7:00 pm
Camp Shabbona Woods, 15810 S Torrence Ave
South Holland, IL 60473 United States
Free

Enjoy a brisk walk through the woods and warm up around the campfire with s’mores and hot cocoa.

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February 2020

Nature for Little Ones: Indoor Scavenger Hunt

February 1, 10:00 am
Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473 United States
Free

Little ones are invited to a puppet show and nature discovery program.

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Wonders of Winter

February 1, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523 United States
Free

Try ice fishing, geocaching, snowshoeing and other winter fun, and then warm up inside Mayslake Hall with activities and info on plants, animals and more from rangers, naturalists and volunteers. All ages. Free admission; fees for some activities. No registration. Questions? Call 630-933-7248.

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Prairie Wolf Party

February 1, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480 United States
Free

Complete canine crafts and take a mammal march on our trails to search for signs of coyote. Ages 4-10 w/adult. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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Groundhog Day

February 2, 1:00 pm
Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Hear how this animal got its own holiday, do special activities and make your own groundhog weather predictor. All ages.

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Nature Tots

February 5, 10:00 am
Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Explore nature and nature play with your tot. We’ll go outdoors in nice weather. Ages 2-5 w/adult.

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Mother Nature and Me

February 5, 10:30 am
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One event on February 5, 2020 at 10:30 am

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd
Willow Springs, IL 60480 United States
Free

Children ages 3-5 years old and their favorite adult will learn about nature through exploration and outdoor activities. Dec 4- Cardinals Jan 8-Woodpeckers Feb 5- Snow

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Nature Story Time

February 6, 10:30 am
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One event on February 6, 2020 at 10:30 am

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

Enjoy nature-inspired stories followed by a craft. Ages 3-6 w/adult.

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Nature Play Date

February 6, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd and Western Ave
Chicago, IL United States
Free

Enjoy playing music and exploring with natural materials in a new nature play space.

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Restoration Workday

February 9, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W 111th St
Lemont, IL 60439 United States
Free

Put your muscles to work as you help restore habitat by removing invasive plants. Gloves and tools available for loan.

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Makin’ Music Bluegrass Jam

February 9, 1:00 pm
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One event on February 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 W Chicago Ave
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
Free

Come play along or just listen at our indoor jam. Make a simple musical instrument or bring your own. All are welcome to these free events!

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Wee Wonders

February 12, 10:00 am
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One event on February 12, 2020 at 10:00 am

Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473 United States
Free

Preschoolers with an adult will learn about local plants and animals while enjoying story time and artmaking.

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Nature Play Date: Lincoln Logs

February 16, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473 United States
Free

Kids are encouraged to use their imagination and create using these iconic toys and other loose parts.

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