Sunday, March 15 from Noon to 4 p.m.
SPRING CLEAN UP DAY
Shake the winter blahs and come help in the annual Spring Clean Up Day.
There will be indoor and outdoor work to be done in preparation for the spring season. Bring a lunch and gloves and dress for the weather. Refreshments provided. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult, and registration is required for a group of 6 people or more.
Spring is on its way – why not come out and hike through Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve and stop in and visit the Nature Center?
For more information or to register, please contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest at 708-747-6320 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The nature center is open Friday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and trails are open daily, dawn to dusk.
Friday, March 27 at 7 p.m.
WOODS MUSIC CONCERT
Celebrate the early spring woods with music
Come celebrate the early spring woods with music at the annual Woods Music Benefit on Friday, March 27, 7 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center. The evening will feature music performed by the South Suburban Dulcimer Society, Sacramento Sunset and more.
Tap your toes to the mix of traditional, folk and popular selections performed by the South Suburban Dulcimer Society
Sacramento Sunset is Dan Keith on guitars and vocals and Suzanne Rickman on violin presenting americana-folk-bristol mountain music with a twist.
With the generous donation of the musicians’ time and expertise all proceeds will directly benefit Thorn Creek Woods and Nature Center. Join us for a fun evening as the music echoes through the woods.
This year there also is a fabulous Woods Music raffle with art work, wind chimes and more.
Woods Music tickets are on sale now! Seating is limited and tickets should be purchased in advance. Cost is $10 per person. Program is for those older than 12 years. Additional parking is available at New Community Church just north of the nature center. Performance will begin at 7 p.m. so allow time for parking.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 708-747-6320 or email email@example.com. Visit our website at tcwoods.org. The nature center is open Friday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and trails are open daily, dawn to dusk. Stop out and visit us at 247 Monee Road in Park Forest.
Sunday, March 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.
MARCH INTO SPRING
Looking for the first signs of spring?
Shed off winter and enjoy a march into the woods to look for signs of springtime on “March into Spring Hike” Sunday, March 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve.
We’ll search for vernal indicators like early wildflowers re-sprouting, tree buds unfurling, returning migrant birds or animals emerging from hibernation, choruses of frogs and tender green shoots peeking through last year’s dead leaves.
This program will be off trail for a portion of the hike. The trail may be muddy or icy; sturdy boots are recommended. Registration is required by Friday, March 27, and the program is free for all ages.
Participants should be able to walk 2 miles outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven and possibly wet/muddy terrain. For more information or to register, please contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest at 708-747-6320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 19 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Join us for a guided tour of the wet areas of Thorn Creek Woods
Discover vernal ponds, listen for the return of amphibian choruses and explore the marshes of Owl Lake and beyond. These low lying areas provide vital habitat for woodland creatures and are an integral part of the Thorn Creek ecosystem.
Free! Ages 10 years and up. Registration required by Friday, April 17.
Saturday, April 25 from Noon to 4 p.m.
Celebration of a life: Jon Mendelson and Thorn Creek Woods
On this Earth Day, the legacy of Jon Mendelson, the long time GSU professor, field ecologist and chair of Thorn Creek’s Management Commission who died last November, will be honored. A dedicated champion of open space, and a force of nature in his own right, he worked tirelessly to acquire land for Thorn Creek Woods, and to study and protect local watersheds. Jon taught courses in ecology to generations of GSU students and was caretaker for the Preserve’s historic farm.
Join us to celebrate Jon’s life with remembrances by family, colleagues and friends, displays highlighting his work in the woods, photographs, music and a hike to explore the habitat of the salamanders, frogs and toads he studied. Mendelson’s drawings, his crafted gourd mobiles, and his Thorn Creek Woods T-shirt design, with their whimsical takes on natural flora and fauna, will be on view.
Maps and photos from the many ecological field studies he conducted in these woods, and the nature essays that graced the pages of Thorn Creek News for many years will be displayed. A new trail bench along the trail he walked countless times will be dedicated to his memory. Enjoy a 3 mile hike on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL 60466. For information: 708-747-6320; email@example.com; tcwoods.org
Let us know what birds (and other critters and plants) that you observe in the woods this year. Tell us what you observed and where in the preserve. How? Leave a note or the blue Trail Watcher sheet in the Drop Box at the front door to nature center. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or stop in the nature center Friday-Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.