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Settlers’ Day 2013

Celebrate our heritage with costumed living history demonstrators, representing American history from French fur trading days, pioneer times and the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Join an imaginary wagon train, take a guided history hike, try your hand at a two-person bucksaw or make a craft. Admission is free, though donations of money or nonperishable food, to benefit a local food depository, will be gratefully accepted.   Sunday, November 24, 2013     10 am – 3 pm Sand Ridge Nature Center 15891 Paxton Ave, South Holland, IL 708-868-0606

An Evening at Trailside

  Get up-close and personal with your neighborhood nature center! Sample a variety of programs and crafts, chat with naturalists and view our entire mammal furs and skulls collection. A rare behind-the-scenes program will show how we prepare food for our live animals on site.

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ABU Arabian Horse Club 2013 Trail Ride

ABU Arabian Horse Club 2013 Trail Ride Co-sponsored by the Forest Preserves of Cook County Sunday, October 20, 2013, 9 am Camp Kiwanis Equestrian Staging Area Willow Springs Road, between 95th and 103rd Streets Willow Springs

Fall Festival

Join us as we celebrate this colorful season with a special day of autumn fun. The maple woods turn bright gold this time of year, making River Trail Nature Center a gorgeous place to be. Beekeeping, honey, hay rides, fall color walks, live music, puppet shows, voyageur encampment and more!   Sunday, October 20, 2013 10 am – 4 pm River Trail Nature Center 3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062 847-824-8360

Fishing Derby

Fun, free family fishing in Busse Woods sponsored by Forest Preserves of Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider.  

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County