The year 2019 will be filled with a wide variety offerings from the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Here is an overview.
Snow Day Festival – Jan. 19, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. Meet mushers and their sled dogs, enjoy ice sculpting demonstrations and many family-friendly winter activities including sledding, snowshoeing and winter-themed movies.
Frida Kahlo’s Garden – Jan. 29 to March 16, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. The exhibition will feature photos of Frido Kahlo (1907 to 1954) and her home and garden in Mexico, reproductions of several of her paintings, plants, clothing and folk art. Four Rivers will be this exhibit’s second stop on its five-year tour of the U.W.. This exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. "Frida Kahlo’s Garden" is adapted from the exhibition, “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” organized by guest curator Adriana Zavala at the New York Botanical Garden. The exhibition was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by the Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Vernal Equinox: Spring Awakens: Juried Art Competition – March 12 to March 31, Plum Creek Nature Center. Artists will be asked to submit nature-related artwork inspired by the theme. The artwork will be on display and public voting will take place in March.
April to June
H2-WHOA! – April 2 to June 30, Plum Creek Nature Center. Learn what lies below the surface of local water resources. Hands-on activities focus on water quality, pollution, sediment and water conservation. The exhibit was created by the Purdue University Agriculture Exhibit Design Center.
May to December
Preserve the Moment Photo Contest – May 1 to Dec. 31, throughout Will County forest preserves. Photos have to be taken during the contest time period, and winners are chosen each month to compete for overall honors – and prizes – via online voting after the contest concludes. Rules and details will appear online May 1.
Island Rendezvous – June 8, Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. This rendezvous-themed family event includes kids activities, a replica Native American longhouse, a petting zoo, birds of prey, a Blanding’s turtle exhibit and a food truck.
Arts & Nature on the River – June 15, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center. Experience art, music and nature while strolling paved preserve trails. Explore ongoing performances, demonstrations, activities and exhibits.
Hummingbird Festival & Nature Celebration – Aug. 17, Plum Creek Nature Center. Learn about pollinators and watch as members of the Thorn Creek Audubon Society capture and band hummingbirds. Other activities include guided tree climbing, bike rentals, slacklining and live music.
September through November
What’s Bugging Belva? – Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, Plum Creek Nature Center. Belva the bug literally jumps off the pages of a book and into three gardens that include models and information on the insects being explored. The traveling, interactive exhibit is from the Purdue University Agriculture Exhibit Design Center.
Only Owls Exhibition – Fall 2019 (dates to be determined), Isle a la Cache Museum. The exhibition brings together 40 artworks in pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor and woodcut drawn from the Leigh Yahkey Woodson Art Museum’s collection in Wausau, Wisconsin.
June through August
Food Truck Fridays – June to August, one Friday each month at Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access in Shorewood, Hickory Creek Preserve – LaPorte Road Access in Mokena, Whalon Lake in Naperville and Messenger Marsh in Homer Glen.
September through November
Woods Walk – Sept. 1 to Nov. 30. Hike seven of 10 select trails to earn a collector’s medal and all 10 to get an additional prize.