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

1. Tap into a sweet tradition. Discover how sap becomes syrup at Maple Sugaring on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. See how to tap trees with tools from the 1890s, help check the collection buckets, watch sap thicken over the fire, and try a taste of real maple syrup. One-hour tours start at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. The program costs $5 per person and is for ages 6 and up (under 18 with an adult). Register online or by calling 630-876-5900. 

2. How do they survive? Learn how wild animals survive winter despite frigid temperatures and a lack of food at Animals and Winter Survival on Sunday, March 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. The program costs $2 per person and is for ages 10 and up (under 18 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, March 6 from 8:30 to 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 walk is part of an ongoing series. The program is for ages 18 and up and costs $4 per person in advance or $6 at the walk. Register online or at 630-850-8110.

4. Go native with your landscaping. Bring digital or hand-drawn pictures of your landscaping plan to a customized design session at Native Landscaping 101: Design on Wednesday, March 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. Share ideas and gain knowledge from our experts so you can leave with a design for your own backyard habitat. The program costs $15 per person and is for ages 18 and up. Register online or at 630-850-8110.

5. Protect your waterways. Love your waterways? Find out how you can help protect them at Protect Your Waters Monitor Workshop on Wednesday, March 8 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Urban Stream Research Center at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville. Get the latest information on zebra mussels and other aquatic invasives in DuPage County, review program requirements and materials, and review what lake, pond or river segments are available to monitor. Volunteer monitors work along the shoreline or by boat to identify and report invasive species in District-owned natural areas while educating the public about invasive species and litter’s effect on habitats. To register for the workshop, call 630-206-9630 or email

ONE MORE: Be mesmerized. Experience an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind magic show featuring illusions for all five senses in five distinct rooms of historic Mayslake Hall at Thresholds: A Magic Show, which opens with a show on Wednesday, March 8 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday March 8, 10 and 11, and at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 9. Tickets are $20 per person and the performance is for ages 12 and up (under 18 with an adult) and requires the audience to use stairs. Register online or at 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). Read this blog by volunteer Jason Halm about how volunteering helps cure the winter blues.


March 11                  Churchill Woods 
 Springbrook Prairie 
March 18 Churchill Woods 
 Springbrook Prairie 
March 19 Springbrook Prairie 
March 24 Danada 

More volunteer opportunities  


Get Adobe Reader
©2016 Forest Preserve District of DuPage County