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Look for birds when they are most active in the early morning during a Forest Preserve District of Will County bird hike on June 2 at Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access in Mokena. –Forest Preserve photo.

Forest Preserve Offers Women’s Camping Weekend, Hikes for Birds/Wildflowers

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Here are the Forest Preserve District of Will County programs for the week of May 27. Online registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org.

WILL-derness Women’s Weekend from 4 p.m., Friday, May 31, to 10 a.m. Sunday, June 2, Hickory Creek Preserve, Cleveland Road Access, Frankfort Township: Connect with nature and new and old friends on a women’s camping weekend. Enjoy hiking, evening campfires, outdoor skills, mindfulness activities, and more. A packing list, menu, and weekend itinerary will be provided prior to the program. Ages 21 or older; $20 per person. Register by May 28.

Travel Tales Trail Exploration, with preserve hours from 8 a.m. to sunset, Sunday, June 2 – Saturday, August 31, at Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township: Hike the shoreline of Snapper Pond in Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve to follow “Travel Tales,” an outdoor exploration trail. Ten resident animals are featured at the 10 trail stops, exploring how the creatures wiggle, soar, slink, and more. Free, all ages.

Lake Renwick Bird Viewing, from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 1, Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, Plainfield: The only way to view the rookery’s nesting herons, egrets, and cormorants at this time of year is to attend a Saturday morning viewing program. Volunteers and staff will be at the viewing platform and visitor center to answer questions. Free, all ages.

Where the Wildflowers Are – Raccoon Grove, from 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 1, Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve, Monee Township: Hike one of the top spots to see wildflowers. Learn how these beauties got their names, their uses through time and other lore and legends. Free, ages 10 or older. Register by May 29.

Early Morning Bird Hike, from 7-9 a.m., Sunday, June 2, Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access, Mokena: Hike in search of birds when they are most active. All skill levels are welcome. Free, ages 16 or older. Register by June 1.

Meet a Beekeeper, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 2, Plum Creek Nature Center: Meet Mike Rusnak, a local beekeeper with 15 years of experience, to discuss the art of beekeeping. Pick-up specific beekeeping tips or simply learn more about the world of bees. Free, all ages.


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Look for birds when they are most active in the early morning during a Forest Preserve District of Will County bird hike on June 2 at Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access in Mokena. –Forest Preserve photo.
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