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Experience the “Wonders Of Winter”

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Join the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to discover many ways you can enjoy the season during the free “Wonders of Winter” event on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mayslake Forest Preserve in Oak Brook. Activities at this open house take place outdoors and inside Mayslake Hall, and visitors of all ages are invited.

Learn how to reel in a lunker through the ice, and, if the ice is safe, step out on the lake to try ice fishing. Strap on a pair of snowshoes, and check out the latest in cold-weather gear. Experience geocaching, and discover the principles of “Leave No Trace.” Create a winter treat for the birds, and make s’mores over an open fire. Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and visit with a dog-sled team. See birds of prey from Willowbrook Wildlife Center’s raptor-education program. Take in demonstrations of modern cold-water-rescue techniques and old-fashioned ice cutting. Get tips for taking better photographs in winter. And, warm up with hot chocolate and popcorn in historic Mayslake Hall.

“Wonders of Winter” admission and parking are free. Mayslake Forest Preserve is located at 1717 W. 31st St., one-quarter mile west of Route 83. For more information, call 630-933-7248.

Good things happen when you explore the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s 60 forest preserves and five education facilities. For information on ways to experience conservation, education and recreation in your neck of the woods, call 630-933-7200, or visit

Media contacts: Susan Lawrence or Nancy Lach, Site Management, 630-792-2100
Bonnie Olszewski, Office of Public Affairs, 630-871-6402

News Release Date: Jan. 12, 2011

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