Become One With Nature For Earth Day

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Earth Day this year is Thursday, April 22 and after a cold winter, we are all ready to get out and embrace Mother Nature. Below are some tips of how you can celebrate Earth Day in the Heritage Corridor.

Starved Rock State Park

Information about all events at Starved Rock State Park can be found at www.starvedrock.org. All events at Starved Rock State Park are pre-registration only and are FREE! In addition to the listed organized events, teacher, homeschool, and family activities to download and enjoy at the park can be found at the website listed above as well.

Every Saturday and Sunday in April at 9:30am: Wildflower and Waterfall Guided Tours by Park Naturalist.

Join Natural Resource Coordinator, Lisa Sons for a spring hike through Ottawa and Kaskaskia Canyons in search of waterfalls and wildflowers while trekking through the mud and creek crossings.

Thursday, April 15 9am-11am Earth Day in the Parks prairie planting and bluebird house installation with Ladd Grade School.

April 24 and 25 at 9:30am: Wildflower Walks with a Naturalist

Will identify medicinal and edible properties past and present of various spring ephemerals that will be gone from the forest floor once the leaves have leafed out. 3 hikes will set out each day during the timeframe.

Forest Preserve District of Will County

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is celebrating Earth Day all April long. More events can be found at https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/News-Events/News/Celebrate-Earth-Day-Month-with-the-Forest-Preserve. Some of the events with the Forest Preserve do require registration, so make sure you are signed up ahead of time.

April 22 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Earth Day Hike (in Joliet)

Celebrate Earth Day on a fun and invigorating hike that will remind you of all the precious gifts Earth has given us and how we can help protect them in our daily lives. Then we will head to the preserve shelter to settle in and enjoy the sunset. This is a free event for all ages- be sure to register online by Wednesday, April 21.

April 22 at 7pm: Put Your Foot Down on Earth Day (Zoom Webinar):

Humans consume 1.6 planets’ worth of resources every year, according to the Global Footprint Network. Find out how to use the Global Footprint Calculator to adjust your resource consumption. Practical ideas and discussion will be a part of this Zoom presentation. This virtual event is free and for ages 16 and up, registration is required.

Every Saturday and Sunday in April from 7am – 5pm: Earth Day Safari at Monee Reservoir:

Explore the trails at Monee Reservoir, and then stop by the visitor center to pick up an adventure pack to begin your own safari through the preserve! Using official safari gear, discover the hidden gems that our natural areas hold. The safari backpack includes a safari hat, binoculars, critter containers, magnifying lenses, a journal, a critter net, reference books and more. Registration is not required for this free event, for all ages.

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