Will County Forest Preserve Programs

Forest Preserve District of Will County programs in March feature interesting topics ranging from how to create your own French herb garden to maple syrup-making sessions. Online registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. Here is the lineup:

Lunch and Learn – Women in the Woods (Zoom Webinar): noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, online. Explore the positive impacts that determined women have had on nature throughout history and learn who is making an impact in the field now. Free, all ages. Register online for the Zoom link.

Start Your Own French Herb Garden: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. Potager, or French kitchen gardens, have intermingled vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs since medieval times. Learn about this garden’s roots, how it made its way to Illinois Country and tips on staring your own at home. Free, ages 13 or older. Register by March 7.

Journey Stories – Riverview Farmstead Tour: 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, Riverview Farmstead Preserve, Naperville. Discover three generations of the Clow family and their successful efforts to grow “Riverview” from its first house into a 200-acre commercial farm. A naturalist will share stories of life back then and welcome you inside the 19th-century buildings. Free, ages 12 or older. Register by March 9. (This program is part of the “Journey Stories” Exhibition on display through April 30 at the museum.)

Maple Syrup Magic: two sessions, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m., Saturday, March 11, Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township. Learn how maple syrup is made from the sweet sap of the sugar maple tree, find maple trees on-site and try some real maple syrup. Free, all ages. Register by March 10.

Women in the Woods Hike: 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon. Join fellow women of the woods on this hike to celebrate woman’s role in nature. Along the trail, learn about the historical women who have quite literally paved the way and blazed their own trails. Meet at Four Rivers for this women-only hike. Free, ages 12 or older. Register by March 11.

Living History Encounter – Voyageur’s Travels: noon-3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. In honor of Isle a la Cache Museum hosting the Smithsonian Exhibition, “Journey Stories,” discover the adventures of French voyageurs as they travel the river roads. You may find cooks, seamstresses, voyageurs, soldiers or craftsmen sharing their talents. Free, all ages.

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

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