It’s amazing the difference a month can make. Not too long ago, I was looking out my office window at bare soil covered in wet dark ash, the remnants of a prescription burn Forest Preserve District ecologists conducted a few weeks earlier. Now, out of the same window, an impenetrable stand of native grasses and flowers – some already in bloom – grows taller by the day. Warm weather took its time this year, but it’s here and the landscape is catching up fast. And the Forest Preserve District is ready.
You probably don’t need advice on how to enjoy your forest preserves in summer. Biking, fishing, picnicking, they’re all well-known pastimes. But if you visit the calendar, you’ll find some special ways to celebrate the season. Weekends through October from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can get a bird’s-eye view of Greene Valley and beyond from the scenic overlook, which peaks at 190 feet over the trails and roads below. This summer, you can extend your time up high during “Sunrise at the Scenic Overlook” or decompress after a busy week with yoga at “Sun Salutations for Weekend Warriors.”
Kline Creek Farm is also stretching its hours. Now through August you can experience life on an 1890s farm (or simply soak up the sights and sounds of the farmstead in the warm evening glow) Thursdays until 8 p.m.
This could be the summer you learn how to shoot an arrow, kayak or fish. If you already know how, then take the next step with intermediate archery, kayaking adventures, or fishing off trail and along rivers. (Get tips for fishing rivers and streams in particular in “Fishing With the Flow".)
Whether you’re looking for a “Forest Fitness Walk” or something to do this afternoon, you'll find a lot of helpful info on this website. You can also speak with someone in our Visitor Services office weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 30), or by calling 630-933-7248.
It’s summer in your DuPage forest preserves. Enjoy!
Joseph F. Cantore President, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County