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Party!Sun, Sep 24 • 1 PM - 9 PM

Party for the Preserves: Workshop in the Woods

Camp Dan Beard, Northbrook

Primitive Skills, Creative Reuse and Nature Play

Calling all veteran and rookie DIY-ers! Join us at Camp Dan Beard for a day of building and creative re-use while honing navigation and primitive skills. We’re kicking off the week of National Public Lands Day with celebrations at two of our campgrounds. Create tools and art using reclaimed wood, build and climb with tinker trees, split firewood, build a shelter, learn primitive skills, and explore our pop-up adventure playground. End the day with songs and food around a giant bonfire.

These festivals are free. However, some items (food, souvenirs, and materials) will be available for purchase onsite. Parking for the event is at a nearby location. Free shuttles will be running throughout the event.

Daytime Activities

  • Crosscut saw
  • Firewood Splitting
  • Navigation Unplugged
  • Tinker Trees
  • Knot Tying 101
  • Tree Climb
  • Musical Instrument Making using Natural and Recycled Materials
  • Shelter Building
  • Natural Tie Dye
  • The Way of the Wooden Spoon and On the Trail of Woodland Animals with Fraxinus Woodcraft
  • Flint Knapping with Trailside Museum
  • Painting Projects using large and small scale tree slices
  • Logs to Lumber
  • Large Scale Wood Weaving with Grave and Cradle
  • Creative Reuse with Buckthorn with North Park Village Nature Center
  • Pop-Up Adventure Playground with Purple Line Adventure Play
  • Fire Building Workshop with REI
  • Tracks, Scat and Skins with University of Illinois Extension
  • Fruit and Veggie Printing with Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Tools for Urban Nature Exploration Workshop with Sarah Sheldon
  • Acorn Kitchen Workshop with Kathleen Soler
  • Bug ID and Hunt, Build a Home Bug Box and Forest Floor Exploration with Chicago Park District
  • Mud Painting with Crabtree Nature Center
  • Bird of Prey with River Trail Nature Center

Evening Activities

  • DIY Dinner with Urban Habitat Chicago We’ll have all the ingredients for you to cook your own roasted veggies and sausages over a campfire
  • Live Bluegrass Music with Sunnyside Up, sing and play along using instruments made on site
  • Bonfire and S’mores
Cost: Free
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Camp Dan Beard
200 Portwine Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062 United States
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Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County