Landscape Hike November 15

Learn to Read the Landscape

The Story of the Landscape Hike is for all ages Saturday, November 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.  In 1957 May Theilgaard Watts, naturalist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois wrote the enchanting book Reading the Landscape. She wrote “there is good reading on the land...The records are written in the forests, in fencerows, in gardens, in tree rings.”  Join us on this fall hike to read the landscape of Thorn Creek Woods.  This program is free and registration is required.  For more information or to register for this program, please call Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest at 708-747-6320. 


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Rent the Nature Center

Nature Center building can be rented for gatherings.

Call 708-747-6320 or email us at for information.

November - December

Annual holiday food drive for the Rich Township Food Pantry

Thorn Creek Nature Center is hosting its annual holiday food drive for the Rich Township Food Pantry.   Beginning now, donation items can be dropped off at the nature center during open hours, Friday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m.   Acceptable items are:  non-perishable food items (including boxed, canned and dry foods) especially cereals and peanut butter; personal care items for men and women, especially toothpaste, deodorants and razors; ziplock quart and gallon size bags; baby formula; and disposable diapers (adult and infant).  Items will be accepted through Saturday, December 13. 


Woodland Carols
“Woodland Carols” on Saturday, December 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at Thorn Creek Nature Center marks the end of the food drive.  Savor homemade soups while listening to a variety of holiday and seasonal music and carols sung by popular area performers.   Cost for program is $10 per person, or one bag of groceries per person.   Please call Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest at 708-747-6320, or email to register for Woodland Carols or for information on the food drive.     Help a local family enjoy the December holidays by making a food donation today!

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Nature Center Closed

Friday, November 28 through Sunday, November 30 - Thanksgiving
Friday, December 19 through Sunday December 21
Friday, December 26 through Sunday, December 28 - Christmas
Friday, January 2 through Sunday, January 4 - New Years

Donate to the Capital Fund

Your donation will help us finish construction of the new north bridge, paint the nature center’s exterior, replace the south bridge or re-route the trail, replace the old long boardwalk, and improve Owl Lake trail.

CAPITAL FUND donations can be made out to and mailed to Friends of Thorn Creek Woods, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, Illinois 60466. 

Complete information is available from Judy Mendelson at thorn_creek or 708-747-6320.

[Download CAPITAL FUND brochure.]  [Download CAPITAL FUND flyer.]

Wednesday Walkers

Wednesdays: 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Registration required two days before your first walk. Free! Ages 13-adult.

Walks are led by a Thorn Creek Woods naturalist.

Follow the forest’s seasonal changes, enjoy light exercise and experience nature firsthand on 2 miles of Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve’s winding trails.

Call 708-747-6320 or e-mail to register for your first walk or for additional information. 



Friends of Thorn Creek Woods
Thorn Creek News

August 2014   click to read or download
(see Capital Fund progress)

Spring 2013   click to read or download

Winter 2012-13   click to read or download

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