Nature Story Trail: “Stick and Stone” by Beth Ferry

Trailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305

Follow a short trail and read a posted children’s nature story. Then pick up an activity bag with a craft and  suggested outdoor activities.  

Book Swap

Twenty-Sixth Street Woods-West • Cook County, IL 60526 (near La Grange Park)

Bring in your gently used books and leave with some new-to-you books! Books can be of any genre and reading levels. Refreshments provided.

Summertime Stories

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480

Join us for stories told by the Naperville Chinese Storytime group and enjoy nature-based art and activity afterwards. Supplies provided. Ages 3 & up w/adult.

Event Series Story Time in Polish

Story Time in Polish

Trailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305

Program dla najmłodszych miłośników natury. Z pomocą znanych i lubianych wierszyków poznamy owady, ptaki i inne zwierzęta i poszukamy ich w lesie. Wstęp darmowy, rejestracja pod numerem.

Storytime & Picnic

Twenty-Sixth Street Woods-West • Cook County, IL 60526 (near La Grange Park)

Listen to a nature-themed book read aloud by North Riverside Public Library, followed by an activity. Stay after for a picnic on your own.

Event Series Wee Wonders

Wee Wonders

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473

Learn about nature through music, stories, and artmaking. Ages 2-5 w/adult. Jun 9: Cicadas! Jun 12: Cicadas! Jul 10: Snakes! Jul 14: Snakes! Aug 11: Turtles! Aug 14: Turtles!

Event Series Wee Wonders

Wee Wonders

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473

Learn about nature through music, stories, and artmaking. Ages 2-5 w/adult. Jun 9: Cicadas! Jun 12: Cicadas! Jul 10: Snakes! Jul 14: Snakes! Aug 11: Turtles! Aug 14: Turtles!

Event Series Stories in the Forest

Stories in the Forest

Trailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305

Presented with River Forest Public Library. We’ll read stories and do a simple nature activity. Weather dependent. Ages 0 to 5 years old with adult. Drop in.

$3

Campfire Stories

River Trail Nature Center • Northbrook, IL 60062

Enjoy the lingering daylight on the longest day of the year with stories, songs and s’mores around the campfire.

$5

Solstice & Cicada Walk

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480

The time has finally come to celebrate the emergence of the 17-year cicadas! Join us on the summer solstice as we walk and talk about these weird and fantastic insects […]

Event Series Stories in the Forest

Stories in the Forest

Trailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305

Presented with River Forest Public Library. We’ll read stories and do a simple nature activity. Weather dependent. Ages 0 to 5 years old with adult. Drop in.

$3

Event Series Story Time in Polish

Story Time in Polish

Trailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305

Program dla najmłodszych miłośników natury. Z pomocą znanych i lubianych wierszyków poznamy owady, ptaki i inne zwierzęta i poszukamy ich w lesie. Wstęp darmowy, rejestracja pod numerem.

Event Series Wee Wonders

Wee Wonders

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473

Learn about nature through music, stories, and artmaking. Ages 2-5 w/adult. Jun 9: Cicadas! Jun 12: Cicadas! Jul 10: Snakes! Jul 14: Snakes! Aug 11: Turtles! Aug 14: Turtles!

Event Series Story Trail

Story Trail

Bemis Woods-South • Cook County, IL 60558 (near Western Springs)

Walk a short, looped trail and experience a story unfolding with every step. Onsite activities will be provided. Grove 7. “I am Strong” by Erin Stevenson: Wednesday, July 10 “I am Smart” by Erin Stevenson: Wednesday, August 7

Event Series Open Nature Play Day

Open Nature Play Day

Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center • Chicago, IL 60620

Bring your little one for open nature play time. Enjoy the Dan Ryan Woods Nature Play space while helping your children connect with nature. Enjoy stories, art, and exploration each […]

Event Series Stories in the Forest

Stories in the Forest

Trailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305

Presented with River Forest Public Library. We’ll read stories and do a simple nature activity. Weather dependent. Ages 0 to 5 years old with adult. Drop in.

$3