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Juneteenth Celebration

exterior of the Sand Ridge Nature Center building

Date & Time:

Sat, Jun 19 • 10 am - 3 pm


Sand Ridge Nature Center
15891 Paxton Ave
South Holland, IL 60473 (view web map)


Celebrate freedom, family and country with various self-guided activities and exhibit displays. Nature center activities will be complimented by registration-based guest presenters discussing Black history, arts and culture.

Visitors can register (call 708-868-0606, email sandridge.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov or in person at Sand Ridge Nature Center) for the following programs taking place at Camp Shabbona Woods (a short walk from the nature center):

  • 10:30 – 11:30 am – Storytelling with Kucha and Baba Tony – This dynamic storytelling duo bring culturally enriching, educational, and compelling storytelling to life through singing and energetic instrumentation.
  • 12 – 1 pm – Migration Stories, presented by Faith in Place – Come and share your story of migration with Faith in Place and learn about the extraordinary migration of the Monarch Butterfly.
  • 1:30 – 2:30 pm – Faces of the Underground Railroad, presented by Little Calumet Underground Railroad Project – Hear stories about freedom seekers who used the Calumet portion of the Underground Railroad and the conductors that helped them get to freedom.
  • 3 – 4 pm – Dances of West Africa, presented by NAJWA Dance Corps – Immerse yourself in this interactive program which includes dances from the Sene-Gambia Region, Guinea and Liberia and includes live drumming, narration, and audience participation.
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Black Chicagoan: 1850-1900 and our impact on the Civil War and Beyond, presented by Sherman “Dilla” Thomas – Though scholars admit Jean Baptiste Point DuSable was the first nonnative settler to Chicago, little is mentioned about the Black experience in Chicago before and after the Civil War. This program will explore the Black impact on Chicago before, during, and immediately following the Civil War.
Unvaccinated visitors must wear a mask indoors at all times; and they must wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing (six feet from other people) is not possible.


  • 224-501-6634
  • sandridge.naturecenter@cookcountyil.gov