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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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Canal Clean Up
Now - 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
La Grange Farmers Market
May. 4, 2017 - May. 4, 2017 , 7:00am - 1:00pm
Held weekly on Thursdays through October 26th. 7 am – 1 pm located at La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave, adjacent to Village Hall at 53. S. La Grange Rd. Local farmers and artisans provide a selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, confections, plants and specialty services like knife-sharpening. Get tips fo...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Arts/Crafts Shopping Ongoing
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
LaGrange, IL 60525
Prairie Kicks on Route 66
May. 6, 2017 - May. 6, 2017 , 9:00am - 4:30pm
"Route 66: Off The Beaten Path" - Explore what was life was like along Route 66 in its heyday and celebrate the native Illinois spring prairie blooms! Volunteer-led nature and history tours will depart from the information trailer at the Iron Bridge Trailhead at 10, 11, 1 and 2. From 9 to 1: Learn how to make natural d...More Info
Event Type: Nature
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, IL 60481
815-423-6370
Joliet Area Historical Museum Free Days – Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival
May. 6, 2017 - May. 7, 2017 , 8:00am - 5:00pm (both days)
Are you celebrating Route 66 during the Red Carpet Corridor Festival on May 6&7? Make sure to visit the Joliet Area Historical Museum and enjoy FREE admission! Start off with entrance to the Route 66 Visitors Center, followed by the Route 66 Experience. You'll also learn about: the building of the I&M Canal and it...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Festivals Ongoing
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
815-723-5201
Nature Play Days
May. 10, 2017 - May. 10, 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
La Grange Farmers Market
May. 11, 2017 - May. 11, 2017 , 7:00am - 1:00pm
Held weekly on Thursdays through October 26th. 7 am – 1 pm located at La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave, adjacent to Village Hall at 53. S. La Grange Rd. Local farmers and artisans provide a selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, confections, plants and specialty services like knife-sharpening. Get tips fo...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Arts/Crafts Shopping Ongoing
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
LaGrange, IL 60525
La Grange Farmers Market
May. 11, 2017 - May. 11, 2017 , 7:00am - 1:00pm
Held weekly on Thursdays through October 26th. 7 am – 1 pm located at La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave, adjacent to Village Hall at 53. S. La Grange Rd. Local farmers and artisans provide a selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, confections, plants and specialty services like knife-sharpening. Get tips fo...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Arts/Crafts Shopping Ongoing
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
LaGrange, IL 60525
La Grange Farmers Market
May. 18, 2017 - May. 18, 2017 , 7:00am - 1:00pm
Held weekly on Thursdays through October 26th. 7 am – 1 pm located at La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave, adjacent to Village Hall at 53. S. La Grange Rd. Local farmers and artisans provide a selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, confections, plants and specialty services like knife-sharpening. Get tips fo...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Arts/Crafts Shopping Ongoing
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
LaGrange, IL 60525
Bringing Nature Home Native Plant Sale
May. 20, 2017 - May. 20, 2017 , 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Select from over 100 species of native perennials, shrubs and trees grown by Possibility Place Nursery in Monee. Visit with vendors and exhibitors and learn more about native plants and landscaping. This Friends of the Forest Preserve District of Will County event also features a raffle. Proceeds from the event are use...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature Shopping
Sugar Creek Administration Center
17540 W. Laraway Road
Joliet, IL 60433
815-727-8700
Try It! Fishing Day
May. 20, 2017 - May. 20, 2017 , 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Try fishing for free! Dabble with different lures, practice casting and learn basic skills and techniques to see if fishing is right for you. Participants will be given everything needed to fish, including bait. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation Nature
Monee Reservoir
27341 Ridgeland Ave.
Monee, IL 60449
(708) 534-8499
La Grange Farmers Market
May. 25, 2017 - May. 25, 2017 , 7:00am - 1:00pm
Held weekly on Thursdays through October 26th. 7 am – 1 pm located at La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave, adjacent to Village Hall at 53. S. La Grange Rd. Local farmers and artisans provide a selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, confections, plants and specialty services like knife-sharpening. Get tips fo...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Arts/Crafts Shopping Ongoing
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
LaGrange, IL 60525
La Grange Farmers Market
Jun. 1, 2017 - Jun. 1, 2017 , 7:00am - 1:00pm
Held weekly on Thursdays through October 26th. 7 am – 1 pm located at La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave, adjacent to Village Hall at 53. S. La Grange Rd. Local farmers and artisans provide a selection of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, confections, plants and specialty services like knife-sharpening. Get tips fo...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Arts/Crafts Shopping Ongoing
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
La Grange Rd. and Harris Ave
LaGrange, IL 60525
Music in the Moonlight Concert Series
Jun. 1, 2017 - Jun. 1, 2017 , 6:30-9 p.m.
Enjoy some "Music in the Moonlight" at Hickory Creek Preserve on the first Thursday in June, July and August during this Forest Preserve District of Will County free summer concert series. Each concert will feature different musical styles and musicians. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket, s...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Performing Arts Nature
Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access
LaPorte Road, east of Wolf Road
Mokena, IL 60448
815-727-8700
Summer Art
May. 29, 2017 - Sep. 4, 2017
Celebrating the vibrant art community in La Grange! We're known for the unique and whimsical pieces that adorn the sidewalks in front of local businesses in this public exhibit. Throughout La Grange Business Districts. Memorial Day through Labor Day...More Info
Event Type: Arts/Crafts Other Ongoing
Throughout La Grange Business Districts
LaGrange, IL 60525
Wellness Walking Series
May. 3, 2017 - Sep. 27, 2017 , 5-6 p.m.
Join fellow walkers every Wednesday in the preserve to burn off body fat and reduce stress. Forest Preserve District of Will County staff will be on site to kick off the walking series as well as select Wednesdays throughout the season. Distance walked will be 1-3 miles. (This program also will take place at Hickory Cr...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation Nature
Rock Run Preserve - Black Road Access
Black Road, west of Essington Road
Joliet, IL 60431
815-727-8700
Wellness Walking Series
May. 3, 2017 - Sep. 27, 2017 , 5-6 p.m.
Join fellow walkers every Wednesday in the preserve to burn off body fat and reduce stress. Forest Preserve District of Will County staff will be on site to kick off the walking series as well as select Wednesdays throughout the season. Distance walked will be 1-3 miles. (This program also will take place at Rock Run P...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation Nature
Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access
LaPorte Road, east of Wolf Road
Mokena, IL 60448
815-727-8700
Wellness Walking Series
May. 3, 2017 - Sep. 27, 2017 , 5-6 p.m.
Join fellow walkers every Wednesday in the preserve to burn off body fat and reduce stress. Forest Preserve District of Will County staff will be on site to kick off the walking series as well as select Wednesdays throughout the season. Distance walked will be 1-3 miles. (This program also will take place at Hickory Cr...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation Nature
Whalon Lake
Royce Road, west of Route 53/Bolingbrook Drive
Naperville, IL 60565
815-727-8700
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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