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Nature Programs Nature Exploration Bags Borrow one of Red Oak’s newly updated “Nature Exploration Bags” during normal business hours to enhance exploration of the woods. Available Exploration Bags include: the signs of the season, birds, insects and senses. Another Exploration Bag is geared to adults. These are free of charge but a refundable deposit is required. Adult supervision is required. (MG)

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Age

Fee

Location

All ages & adult

Free

Red Oak Nature Center

Day

Date

Time

Every day

Year-round

M-F: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sa-Su: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nature

Adventure Trips See how maple syrup is made, take a spring hike, see some waterfalls or go rafting. All trips start at Red Oak Nature Center. Transportation is provided; please bring a zero-waste sack lunch. Parents must register and accompany their children.

Letterbox Hunt

Festival of the Sugar Maples

Letterboxing is a fun “treasure hunt” that is being done worldwide. e! At Red Oak, a small, weatherproof box has been hidden somewhere on the grounds. Visit the Nature Center building to get clues on how to find the box. (MG)

Maple syrup season is truly one of the first signs of spring, as the cold winter months slowly slip away and the forest floor comes to life. A great way to celebrate is with a trip to Coral Woods Conservation Area in Marengo to learn more about how maple syrup from maple trees is converted into syrup. (MG)

Fr e

Age

Fee

Location

Age

Fee

Class Size

Departure Location

All ages & adult

Free

Red Oak Nature Center

8Y and up & adult

$5(R) / $8(N)

MIN: 5 / MAX: 12

Red Oak Nature Center

Day

Date

Time

Barcode

Day

Date

Time

Destination

M-Su

Year-round

M-F: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sa-Su: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

51920

Sa

Feb. 25

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Coral Woods Conservation Area

Favorite Animal Champion Showdown

Spring Hike

It’s time for a voting face-off to find out which of Red Oak’s resident Fr ee ! animals is everyone’s favorite. The winning animals from the fall vote will be on display April 1 to May 1. Guests are encouraged to cast their vote for their favorite animal. The winner will be announced and introduced during a free presentation from 9 to 10 a.m. on May 5. (MG)

Spring hike: Everyone will take a hike to look for early signs of spring. (MG)

MapleFest Red Oak Nature Center March 17 Free! Watch demonstrations of how maple sap is turned into delicious maple syrup. Programs begin on the hour at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Maple-themed snacks and hot beverages will be available for a small fee.

Age

Fee

Class Size

Departure Location

8Y and up & adult

$5(R) / $8(N)

MIN: 4 / MAX: 12

Red Oak Nature Center

Barcode

Day

Date

Time

Destination

53074

Sa

March 31

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call 630-897-1808

Waterfalls Hundreds of waterfalls can be found in the Great Lakes region, ranging from large falls to small roadside falls to remote wild waterfalls that wait at the end of a long hike. (MG) Age

Fee

Class Size

Departure Location

8Y and up & adult

$5(R) / $8(N)

MIN: 4 / MAX: 12

Red Oak Nature Center

Barcode

Day

Date

Time

Destination

53075

Sa

April 28

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Call 630-897-1808

Whitewater Rafting Head down the Vermillion River and experience all the whitewater thrills Illinois has to offer. Wear clothes that can get wet. (MG) Age

Fee

Class Size

Departure Location

8Y and up & adult

$10(R) / $15(N)

MIN: 4 / MAX: 12

Red Oak Nature Center

Barcode

Day

Date

Time

Destination

53076

Sa

May 19

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vermillion River

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Fox Valley Park District Activity Guide Spring 2012  

Fox Valley Park District Activity Guide Spring 2012

Fox Valley Park District Activity Guide Spring 2012  

Fox Valley Park District Activity Guide Spring 2012

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