Top 5 Things to Do in the Preserves This Week Feb. 3, 2017

1. Celebrate the wonders of winter. Explore the many ways to enjoy the outdoors in winter at Wonders of Winter on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. Go on a horse-drawn hayride, take a nature hike, try ice fishing and make s’mores at this all-ages event. Then, warm up inside Mayslake Hall with fun activities and helpful facts about forest preserve plants, animals and programs from our rangers, naturalists and volunteers. Registration is not required; free admission, but there are fees for some activities. Questions? Call 630-933-7248.

2. Hoo’s for Dinner? Find out firsthand what owls eat by dissecting a real owl pellet and meet a bird of prey at Hoo’s for Dinner? on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 1 ‒ 3 p.m. at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. The program costs $5 per person and is for ages 5 ‒ 12 with an adult. Register online or at 630-942-6200.

3. Get fit in nature. Enjoy the wonders of the preserves with a ranger and naturalist and get some healthy exercise on a brisk Forest Fitness Walk on Monday, Feb. 6 from 8:30 ‒ 10:30 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. Did you know that walking on a trail for 30 minutes burns 102 calories? The program is part of an ongoing Forest Fitness Walk series for ages 18 and up and costs $4 in advance or $6 at the walk. Register online or at 630-850-8110.

4. Go on a wildlife sleepover. Bring your sleeping bag for a Wildlife Sleepover from 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 through 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Meet a few of the animals, enjoy evening and late-night programs, go on a guided hike in the dark, and then spend the night in the visitor center. The program costs $12 per person and is for ages 5 and up; under 18 with an adult. Register online or at 630-942-6200.

5. Have a taffy pulling party. Discover how to turn molasses into taffy at a Taffy Pulling Party on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. You’ll also tour the 1890s farmhouse and learn how kids lived more than a century ago. The one-hour programs start at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and cost $5 per person. Additional programs will be held Feb. 18, 20 and 25. The program is for ages 6 and up; under 18 with an adult. Register online or at 630-876-5900.

Ongoing: Explore blizzards and beauty. Enjoy winter-themed works of art by talented Forest Preserve District staff and volunteers at the Blizzards and Beauty exhibit, which runs through Feb. 24 at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The art exhibit features the work of District staff and volunteers and was featured in a review in the Chicago Tribune’s Doings Oak Brook News. It is open Monday ‒ Friday 9 a.m. ‒ 3 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m. Questions? Call 630-206-9566.

Nurture nature 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).

Feb. 11                            Churchill Woods 
Feb. 19 Springbrook Prairie 
Feb. 25 West Chicago Prairie 
March 1 Springbrook Prairie 
March 4 Springbrook Prairie 

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