Top 5 Things to Do in the Preserves This Week April 14, 2017

1. Lend a helping hand at Herrick. Celebrate Earth Day by removing litter from the shorelines, roadsides and trails at Helping Hands at Herrick on Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at Herrick Lake in Wheaton. Popular with Scout troops and families, this program is for all ages (under 14 with an adult). Register at 630-933-7233.

2. Learn why we burn. Hear about the how, when and why of the District’s prescription-burn program, and see a burn in progress, weather permitting, at Introduction to Prescription Burns on Sunday, April 16 at noon to 1:30 p.m. at Churchill Woods in Glen Ellyn. Prescription burns are carefully set fires that trained Forest Preserve District staff use in late fall and early spring to remove invasive plants and improve conditions for native species. The free program is for all ages (under 18 with and adult). Register online or at 630-933-7248.

3. Help kids explore nature. Enjoy a nature story in the visitor center before taking a short walk to look for flowers, trees, insects and surprises at Storytime at Fullersburg Woods on Monday, April 17 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. Then, explore the center’s fun nature displays and activities. The free program is for ages 6 and under with an adult. Register online or at 630-850-8110. You can also nurture your toddler’s sense of wonder for the natural world at Little Sprouts Tales and Trails on Wednesday, April 19 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods. Explore spring with stories, songs, movement and guided outdoor explorations together. The program costs $5 per child and is for ages 2 to 5 with an adult. Register online or at 630-850-8110.

4. Get fit in nature. Join a naturalist for a brisk weekly walk as you take in the wonders of nature on a Forest Fitness Walk on Monday, April 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hidden Lake in Glen Ellyn, or on Wednesday, April 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Greene Valley in Naperville. The weekly walks for adults run through June 14 at various forest preserves. Each walk costs $4 per person in advance; $6 at the walk. Register online or at 630-850-8110. Or bring your bike and join a ranger and naturalist for a Forest Fitness Ride on Wednesday, April 19 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. The program is for ages 18 and up costs $6 per person in advance; $8 at the ride. Register online or at 630-850-8110. 

5. Delight in the sounds of jazz. Spend an evening listening to jazz duo Libby York and Jeremy Kahn at Music at Mayslake: WDCB Presents Libby York on Thursday, April 20 from 8 to 10 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. York will perform songs from her latest release, “Memoir,” accompanied by Kahn on piano. The program costs $15 per person and is for ages 10 and up (under 18 with an adult). Purchase tickets online or by calling 630-206-9566.

Don’t forget to experience the spring bird migration! Join a naturalist-led walk to see how the diversity of birds changes throughout spring at Fullersbird Friday on Friday, April 21 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Herrick Lake in Wheaton. The weekly walks at various preserves run through June 23. Each walk begins with a brief lesson, highlighting ID tips and fun facts about a specific bird or group of birds. The program is for ages 16 and up and costs $4 per person in advance; $6 at the walk. Register online or at 630-850-8110.

Give back to Mother Earth by helping at one of these upcoming Volunteer Restoration Workdays. Help remove nonnative plants or spread seeds. For ages 8 and up; under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Register at 630-206-9630 at least five business days prior (10 days for groups of five or more).  

April 22                Churchill Woods 
 West Chicago Prairie 
 Springbrook Prairie 
 Springbrook Prairie 
April 23 Springbrook Prairie 
 Pioneer Park 
April 24 Burlington Park 
April 25 Goodrich Woods 
April 26 Springbrook Prairie 
April 27 Pioneer Park 
 Burlington Park 

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