Story Trail: “The Snowy Day” Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305

Walk a short trail and read the posted story, then pick up a craft and activity bag.

Kwanzaa Celebration

Dan Ryan Woods Visitor Center • Chicago, IL 60620

Seven days of music and nature-based activities following the seven principles:   Day 1: Dec 26 - Umoja (Unity)  Day 2: Dec 27 - Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)  Day 3: Dec 28 - Ujima (Collective Work & Responsibility)  Day 4: Dec 29 - Ujaama (Cooperative Economics)  Day 5: Dec 30 - Nia (Purpose)  Day 6: Dec 31- Kuumba […]

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Crabtree Hygge

Crabtree Nature Center • Barrington, IL 60010

Celebrate the Danish tradition of coziness with hot chocolate and nature books.

Groundhog Day

River Trail Nature Center • Northbrook, IL 60062

Learn the story behind this peculiar holiday.

Poetry Trail: Black History Month

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

In honor of Black History Month, walk a short, looped trail and read poetry for children written by African American authors along the way. Grove 7.

Event Series Wee Wonders

Wee Wonders

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473

Learn about nature through music, movement, stories and artmaking. Ages 2-5 w/adult. Mar 13: Gold Hunt Apr 10: Butterflies May 8: Nature in Bloom

Event Series Wee Wonders

Wee Wonders

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473

Learn about nature through music, movement, stories and artmaking. Ages 2-5 w/adult. Mar 13: Gold Hunt Apr 10: Butterflies May 8: Nature in Bloom

International Bat Appreciation Folktale and Walk

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • Willow Springs, IL 60480

Join us for a folktale recited by a librarian from the LaGrange Park Library as we walk and discuss the importance of these misunderstood flying mammals.

Story Trail

Catherine Chevalier Woods • Chicago, IL 60656

In honor of Arab American Heritage Month, experience a story unfold along a short trail. A craft is available to take home upon story trail completion. Grove 1.

Night Hike: Stars and Stories

Dan Ryan Woods Pavilion • Chicago, IL 60620

Join in and listen to the story "Under the Drinking Gourd" and learn the significance of why reading the stars was  important for survival.

Nature Book Club: “An Immense World” by Ed Yong

Trailside Museum of Natural History • River Forest, IL 60305

Join a lively discussion of this book about animal senses. In partnership with Forest Park Public Library. Ages 18  & up.  

Book Swap

Swallow Cliff Woods-North • Cook County, IL 60464 (near Palos Park)

Bring in gently used books and leave with some new-to-you books! Any genre and reading level; nature-themed books encouraged. Snacks & refreshments provided.

Event Series Wee Wonders

Wee Wonders

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473

Learn about nature through music, movement, stories and artmaking. Ages 2-5 w/adult. Mar 13: Gold Hunt Apr 10: Butterflies May 8: Nature in Bloom

Nature Noises

Sand Ridge Nature Center • South Holland, IL 60473

Relax and enjoy the sounds of nature as we sit around a campfire, tell stories, enjoy s’mores, and take a walk to see what the trails have to offer your eyes and ears.