Monday, May 18 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon

PRAIRIE SAMPLER WORK DAY

Make a difference in a natural environment!

Get down and dirty and help Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Service care for Thorn Creek's Prairie Sampler. Located in front of the Nature Center, the small prairie that was nurtured by the late Jim Marzuki needs your help with weeding, pulling tall goldenrod, and trimming out woody plants. Then, we will plant and water the newly acquired plants. RSVP: 708-747-6320 • Email: thorn_creek@att.net

 

 

Sunday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WOMEN OF THE WOODS: A NATURE RETREAT

Discover the naturalist in you.

Celebrate the beauty of the summer woods in this program for women only. Discover the naturalist in you as you explore the woods, observing birds and insects, identifying trees and flowers, following tracks and much more. Adult women; $5 per person. Registration required by Friday, May 29. RSVP: 708-747-6320 • Email: thorn_creek@att.net

 

 

Sunday, June 7 from 1 to 3 p.m.

HISTORIC FARM WALK

Tour a historic farm.

Enjoy a summer day on the historic Hornicek Farm nestled in the preserve. Tour the farm buildings and the organic gardens. Wander in the old-fashioned flower gardens. Meet brown-egg laying hens and maybe some blue egg layers too. Sip lemonade and listen to old-time music. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the farm. Free! All ages. Registration required by Friday, June 5. RSVP: 708-747-6320 • E-mail: thorn_creek@att.net

 

 

Friday, June 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.

THORN CREEK CHAMBER PLAYERS

Join us for a fun musical evening.

Cellist Ingrid Krizan and the Thorn Creek Chamber Players present a concert celebrating the advent of summer. Join us for a fun-filled evening as the music echoes through the woods. Refreshments. Ages 12 or older; $10 per person. Purchase tickets by Wednesday June 10. RSVP: 708-747-6320 • E-mail: thorn_creek@att.net

 

 

Sunday, June 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.

BIRDS OF THORN CREEK WOODS

Master birder Sue Zelek to share her observations.

Exactly who flies through or nests in these Thorn Creek Woods? Learn about the ongoing Thorn Creek Bird Survey from master birder and sometime Thorn Creek Naturalist Sue Zelek. She is conducting the Bird Survey in Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve, identifying all the different species that inhabit and migrate through the woods, and will share her observations with us. Sue will then lead a hike identifying birds using visual as well as audio cues. We will provide bird ID guides, binoculars and refreshments. Sue's presentation is sponsored by the Jim Marzuki Memorial Fund, established by Friends of Thorn Creek Woods to enhance our public programming. Free. All ages. RSVP: 708-747-6320 • E-mail: thorn_creek@att.net

May 1, 2015

FRIENDS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DUES

Annual Renewal Deadline is May 1.

Please make checks payable to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods and mail to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods, Box 159, Richton Park, IL 60471. For additional information call: 708-747-6320.  Click here if you would like to download a FRIENDS membership payment form.

 

 

Available now and throughout the year

NATURE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

For Children and Adults

The Nature Center at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve offers educational programs throughout the year for schools, home school groups, day cares, preschools, youth groups, and also families and adult groups. Minimum group size for a program is 10; maximum is 20. Larger groups may be accommodated based on staff availability. Click to view or download our Nature Education Programs for Children and Adults brochure.

 

 

Just published by the FRIENDS of Thorn Creek Woods!

Spr-2015-coverTHORN CREEK NEWS

Spring 2015

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS

Park Forest Historical Society

fr6-smallOn Sunday, April 12, 2015, the Park Forest Historical Society inducted into the Park Forest Hall of Fame, FRIENDS of Thorn Creek Woods, Jon Mendelson and Judy Dolan Mendelson. FRIENDS was nominated by the Board of the Park Forest Historical Society and Jon and Judy by Penny Chamberlain. (click image for larger captioned view)  To read all about it, see THORN CREEK NEWS; Spring 2015, pg. 15

Let us know!

WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN?

Share your observations of birds—or critters or plants

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. Email us at thorn_creek@att.net. You can also stop in the nature center Friday-Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

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