Will County Forest Preserve Programs

Feb. 17 is the deadline to register for the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s six-session Introduction to Successful Beekeeping Workshop at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. (Photo by Forest Preserve staff | Chad Merda)
Feb. 17 is the deadline to register for the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s six-session Introduction to Successful Beekeeping Workshop at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. (Photo by Forest Preserve staff | Chad Merda)

Upcoming Forest Preserve District of Will County programs will feature beekeeping, exploration and wildlife topics. Online registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectwithNature.org. Here is the program lineup:

Quest – A Joliet and Marquette Adventure for Adults: 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. What choices would you have made if you were in the shoes of explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in the 1600s? Find out as you play this choose-your-own adventure, trivia-style game. Free, ages 16 or older. Register by Feb. 16. (This program is part of the “Journey Stories” Exhibition on display through April 30 at the museum.)

Introduction to Successful Beekeeping Workshop: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 21-March 28, Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township. Let your inner beekeeper emerge this spring by signing up for this winter workshop now. The six-session course will be led by Mike Rusnak, a member of the Will County Beekeepers Association who has 18 years of beekeeping experience. The workshop costs $75 per person and is for ages 18 or older. The fee includes the book, “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum. Weather permitting, an optional off-site field trip will be planned to view an installation of honeybees in a Langstroth hive. Register by Feb. 17.

Lunch and Learn – Planting a Native Rainbow (Zoom Webinar): noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, online. Bring bursts of color into your yard year-round with native plants. In this webinar, learn which plants are best to plant in the spring so you can have beautiful blooms in every season. Free, all ages. Register online for the Zoom link. (This program is part of the Rivers of Color series.)

Happy National Wildlife Day! (Zoom Webinar): 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, online. Celebrate National Wildlife Day and learn about local wildlife in your own backyard. Learn why wildlife is important and how our actions can impact wildlife. Free, ages 10 or older. Register online for the Zoom link.

Volunteer Morning: 9 a.m.-noon, Evans-Judge Preserve, Custer Township. Activities will include removing invasive woody plants. Registration is required. Complete a waiver online at ReconnectWithNature.org. For information, contact Emily Kenny at 815-722-7364 or [email protected]. Ages 10 or older.

Journaling Journeys: noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. For centuries, travelers of all kinds were historians. Thoughts recorded in personal journals carried across land, ocean and time helped document historical events. Now it’s your turn to learn how to document your own historic journeys. Learn how to make and decorate your own journal and try writing with a quill and ink. The program will conclude with a journal-worthy short hike. Free, ages 8 or older. Register by Feb. 22. (This program is part of the “Journey Stories” Exhibition on display through April 30 at the museum.)

For more information on the Forest Preserve District of Will County, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.

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