Are you done with this weather? Are you fed up with being cooped up? Are you keeping a mental tally of how many days it's been since you've seen the sun, or have you started a countdown calendar to spring? It sounds like you've got a classic case of cabin fever!
The good news is we've got lots of ways to help you beat those winter blues and connect to nature year-round.
From cast-iron cooking to volunteering to restore the winter woods to a lantern-lit hike with your special someone, we offer plenty of opportunities for you to get outside to play. We also offer a number of indoor programs to get you out of the house and connected to the nature in a warm, cozy indoor setting.
Don't lose hope — spring will be here before you know it, and your symptoms will soon subside. In the meantime, these unique winter offerings might help give you pause before you push the delete button on winter!
Farm Life in Winter
There’s a new lineup every day! Harvest ice on the lake, watch repairs in the wagon shed, check for new lambs, or enjoy a sleigh ride. (Rides $5 per person ages 5 and up. Adults must accompany children under 13.) Check Kline Creek Farm's Facebook page for posts about daily activities. There is a suggested admission donation of $5 per person ages 3 and up to enter the farm. No registration. Questions? Call 630-876-5900.
|Thursday – Monday through Feb. 29||1:30 – 3:30 p.m.||Kline Creek Farm|
Volunteer Restoration Workdays
Help improve a prairie or woodland by collecting seeds or removing nonnative plants. Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Register online or at 630-206-9630 at least five days in advance (10 days by phone for groups of five or more).
|Feb. 29||9 a.m. – Noon||Willowbrook|
NEW! Peabody's Pages Book Club
Discuss two great reads with light refreshments in the perfect setting: Mayslake Hall’s 100-year-old library. In February we’ll discuss Before They’re Gone: A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks; in March, Little Women. Register for either the two morning or two evening programs. Ages 18 and up. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566.
|Feb. 7 & March 6||10 – 11:15 a.m.||Mayslake|
|Feb. 11 & March 10||6:45 – 8 p.m.||Mayslake|
Yoga in the Mansion
Start your day in the beautiful historic library with a class for all levels led by a certified practitioner. Ages 18 and up. Wednesdays. $40 per person in advance per each four-part class; $14 per class for drop-ins. Register online or at 630-206-9566.
|Feb. 26||7:30 – 8:30 a.m.||Mayslake|
Native Landscaping: All About Plants
Learn about the benefits of native plants and how their roots differ from ornamentals'. Get tips and tricks for planting natives at home to attract pollinators and other wildlife. Ages 18 and up. $10 per person. Register online or at 630-850-8110.
|Feb. 23||1 – 2:30 p.m.||Fullersburg Woods|