Top 5 Things to Do in the Preserves This Week Aug. 11, 2017

1. Trek Sawmill Creek. Hike with a ranger and discover what lurks in and around Sawmill Creek at Trek Sawmill Creek on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Waterfall Glen in Darien. The free program is for ages 6 and up (under 16 with an adult). Register online or at 630-933-7248.

2. Delight in carriages and weather vanes.
Learn about the farm’s carriages and weather vanes on a guided walk at Carriages and Weather Vanes on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. James Farm in Warrenville. The program costs $5 per person and is for all ages (under 13 with an adult). Register online or at 630-580-7025.

3. Take a wagon ride. Learn about the buildings, natural areas and equestrian roots of St. James Farm on a 30-minute Tractor-Drawn Wagon Ride on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. James Farm in Warrenville. The covered-wagon rides begin at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and are for all ages; under 13 with an adult. Rides cost $5 per person ages 5 and up; under 5 are free. Register online or at 630-580-7025. Rides will also be offered Wednesday, Aug. 16, Friday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4. Explore McKee Marsh. Discover the wildlife and natural wonders of McKee Marsh on the McKee Marsh Habitat Hike on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Blackwell in Warrenville. The free program is for all ages (under 18 with an adult). Register online or at 630-933-7248.

5. Let your little sprout explore birds. Ignite your little one’s sense of wonder as you enjoy stories, songs, movement and guided outdoor explorations at Little Sprouts Tales and Trails: Birds on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. The program costs $5 per person and is for ages 2 – 5. Register online or at 630-850-8110.

Lend a hand by helping at a 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).  

Aug. 19                    Blackwell Native Plant Nursery 
Aug. 28 Blackwell Native Plant Nursery 
Sept. 2 Churchill Woods 
Sept. 6 Blackwell Native Plant Nursery 
Sept. 8 Danada 


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