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As you travel through the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, one thing becomes clear. From fishing clinics to safety courses to unique outdoor events, there is always something special going on here. Check out our calendar of outdoor events and start planning your visit to the great outdoors!

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) also provides a list of monthly events.

 

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Woodcock Walk
Mar. 25, 2017 - Mar. 25, 2017 , 6:30-8 p.m.
This Forest Preserve District of Will County program features the male woodcock and its extraordinary courtship performance. Normally timid and elusive, the woodcock is readily observed during the early spring breeding season when he leaves the safety of the forest to attract a mate. The evening will begin with a woodc...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
708-946-2216
Guided Winter Hikes
Now - Mar. 26, 2017 , 11:00am-2:00pm Saturday & Sunday December-March
Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles from the lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a "Starved Rock" backpack. After leaving LaSalle Canyon the hike continues to Eagles Cliff and Lover's Leap for the best view of the ma...More Info
Cost: $12.00 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Routes 178 & 71
Utica, IL 61373
(815)220-7386
Bee a Beekeeper!:Introduction to Successful Beekeeping
Now - Mar. 28, 2017 , 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays
This Forest Preserve District of Will County offering will meet from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday during the six-week course. Learn how to become a successful beekeeper from advanced beekeeper Mike Rusnak. For a preview of the workshop, read "The Backyard Beekeeper" by Kim Flottum. Books may be purchased at the nature center...More Info
Cost: $40 per person Event Type: Education/History Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
708-946-2216
Baby Animal SOS
Apr. 1, 2017 - Apr. 1, 2017 , 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Learn about the newborn wildlife living in our forest preserves (and possibly your backyard) and the protocol to follow should your trails cross with theirs. This Forest Preserve District of Will County program is for ages 10 and older. Registration is required by March 30; call 815-886-1467....More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. 135th St. (Romeo Road)
Romeoville, IL 60446
815-886-1467
Birds of a Feather
Apr. 6, 2017 - Apr. 6, 2017 , 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Families are invited to assemble and paint a miniature birdhouse decoration together....More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Arts/Crafts Nature
Joliet Public Library- Black Road Branch
3395 Black Rd
Joliet, IL 60432
815-740-2660
Nature Play Days
Apr. 6, 2017 - Apr. 6, 2017 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Join this Forest Preserve District of Will County program for activities geared toward children ages 3-5. The program features a nature theme and hands-on activities including hiking, stories, games, dancing, art and more. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Registration is required two days before the program; ca...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
815-722-9470
Nature Play Days
Apr. 12, 2017 - Apr. 12, 2017 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Join this Forest Preserve District of Will County program for activities geared toward children ages 3-5. The program features a nature theme and hands-on activities including hiking, stories, games, dancing, art and more. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. Registration is required two days before the program; ca...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
708-946-2216
Earth Day Appreciation
Apr. 22, 2017 - Apr. 22, 2017 , 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Plan an outing to the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Plum Creek Nature Center in honor of Earth Day. Pack a lunch, then take a hike or fly a kite atop the site's big hill. Visit the nature center and pick up a complimentary packet of milkweed seeds to plant at home; milkweed is important to the survival of m...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
708-946-2216
River Shoreline Clean-up
Apr. 22, 2017 - Apr. 22, 2017 , 9 a.m.-noon
Spend Earth Day at a clean-up event along the banks of the Des Plaines River in Channahon. Dress for the weather and for getting dirty. Waterproof footwear is highly recommended. Knee-high rubber boots or waders are ideal. The clean-up is for ages 14 and older. Registration is required by April 19. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
815-722-9470
Channahon, IL 60410
815-722-9470
Window Farming with Nick Conrad
Apr. 22, 2017 - Apr. 22, 2017 , 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Window farming is an inexpensive and easy way to grow your own food right in your window! Constructed from recycled materials, window farms are perfect for small apartments with limited space. You will make a small hydroponic planter to take home with you. Please bring a plastic bottle (12-32 oz is best)....More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Nature
Joliet Public Library Ottawa Street Branch
150. N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-740-2660
Canal Clean Up
Apr. 22, 2017 - Apr. 29, 2017 , All Day
The Canal Corridor Association is coordinating a canal-wide cleanup on Saturday, April 22nd to Saturday April 29th. All interested volunteers should contact Mara Moore, Program Coordinator at the Canal Corridor Association at 815-220-1848. The Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail is 62 miles from Joliet to LaSall...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Canal Corridor Association
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Jammin' Family Kite Fly Festival
Apr. 29, 2017 - Apr. 29, 2017 , 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy synchronized kite dancing, 90-foot flying kites and candy falling from the sky during this Forest Preserve District of Will County spring festival. All of the kite demonstrations will be set to music. Members of the Illinois Kite Enthusiasts will host many of the activities. Pack a cooler, fly kites, enjoy nature...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation Festivals Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
708-946-2216
2017 Boat Season
Apr. 29, 2017 - Oct. 29, 2017 , 10:00am-4:00pm
In 1848, Illinois was a very different place! Prairies covered much of the state, settlers used wagons and stagecoaches for transportation and to ship goods, and LaSalle, IL was bigger than Chicago! Come journey back in time aboard the "Volunteer," a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840's replica canal boat as it coasts g...More Info
Cost: Youth (ages 4-16) $8, Seniors (65+) $13, Adults (ages 17-64) $15, Children age 3 and under are FREE Event Type: Nature
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
La Salle, IL 61301
815-220-1848

 





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