Explore Nature and History in Will County: Forest Preserve District Offers Spring Programs


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FRANKFORT, Ill. – As spring blooms in the Forest Preserve District of Will County, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature and history. 

The district is offering a variety of programs and activities for all ages, including spring wildflower hikes, museum exploration days, a first-time fishing program, and a bike ride along the I&M Canal.

On April 16, visitors can join a naturalist-led hike through Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve to seek out wildflowers, including anemone, Dutchman’s breeches, toothwort, and trillium. Learn about the pioneers who harvested these plants for food and the fascinating history behind their names.

On April 22 and May 27, the Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville will open its doors for a self-guided exploration day. Visitors can peek inside the Native American longhouse or the 18th-century Traders Cabin and learn about the French fur traders and the Potawatomi who once called the area home.

For those interested in fishing, a two-hour workshop will cover fundamental skills such as how to assemble a fishing pole, tie a knot, cast, and secure hooks. The workshop will take place on April 27 at the Monee Reservoir, and participants will have the opportunity to fish along the shoreline during the second hour.

On April 29, visitors can take a bike ride along the I&M Canal and learn about the waterway’s origins and its impact on Will County. The ride is approximately four miles one way, with stops along the way.

Finally, on the same day, visitors can join a guided hike at the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon to see the new season’s red-winged blackbirds, green bullfrogs, and pink spring beauties.

All activities are free, except for the fishing program, which costs $5 per person. Online registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. Don’t miss the chance to reconnect with nature and history this spring in Will County.


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