Release Your Inner Hippie

A Blog Story About Nature in Our DuPage Forest Preserves

Release Your Inner Hippie

Posted by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County | 12/30/19 4:21 PM

Birkenstocks are back in style. Essential oils are all the rage. And “living green” is basically “the new black.”

Whether you refer to someone who embraces this lifestyle as a tree-hugger, flower child or modern-day hippie, you have to admit there’s something appealing about living harmoniously with nature, being comfortable in your own skin, staying positive, and spreading kindness. Start the new year with a renewed focus on what’s important to you, and release your inner hippie.

From yoga and volunteer restoration workdays to vision boards and journaling, we’re offering a variety of programs that will help you breathe fresh air, give back to the environment, balance your energy, and refocus your mind.

So throw on some tie dye, crank some classic rock, and beat feet to one or more of these far out Forest Preserve District programs. We guarantee they’ll be outta sight!


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. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 9 a.m. – Noon Maple Grove
Feb. 1 & 8 9 a.m. – Noon Springbrook Prairie
Feb. 15 9 a.m. – Noon Churchill Woods
Feb. 29 9 a.m. – Noon Willowbrook

Hard Water Classic

Take part in the only competitive ice-fishing tournament in DuPage and then stick around for door prizes and awards. Bring your own equipment and bait. (If conditions aren’t ideal, the event will take place Feb. 8.) All ages. $20 per person in advance; $25 at the event. Register online, at 630-933-7248 or at the event.

Feb. 8 Noon – 3:30 p.m. Blackwell

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.

Jan. 22 & 29 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Mayslake

Art at Mayslake: Creative Art Journaling

Repurpose a hardcover book by using it as your base for creative expression, and learn to manipulate materials by layering with acrylics, pastels, watercolors and collage. Thursdays. Ages 18 and up. $145 plus $10 supply fee per person. Register online or at 630-206-9566.

Jan. 16 – March 5 9:30 a.m. – Noon Mayslake

Make Do and Mend: Make Your Own Beeswax Wraps
Ditch disposable plastic cling wrap for reusable, biodegradable beeswax wrap. Make your own with beeswax from the farm’s bees, and learn other food-preservation techniques our ancestors knew by heart. Ages 18 and up. $20 per person. Register online or at 630-876-5900.

Jan. 18 10 – 11 a.m. Kline Creek Farm

Marvelous Monarchs
Get ready for the annual arrival of the monarchs by learning how you can help these beautiful insects and other pollinators. Leave with a packet of native milkweed seeds to start your own native garden at home! Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-580-7025.

Jan. 18 1 – 2:30 p.m. St. James Farm

Archery: Families
Whether you’re new to the sport or looking for a refresher, join us to learn safety tips, proper shooting techniques, and basic skills. Programs are inside except for Blackwell. Equipment provided. Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register online or at 630-933-7248.

Jan. 20 10 – 11:30 a.m. Herrick Lake

Volunteer Information Session
Join us for a presentation highlighting over 50 DuPage forest preserve volunteer opportunities in 10 different programs. All ages. Free. No registration. Questions? Call 630-933-7233.

Jan. 30 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Topics: Insider, Locations, Natural resources, Recreation, Wildlife, Conservation, Nature

Written by Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County manages nearly 26,000 acres in 60 forest preserves containing prairies, woodlands and wetlands.