Chili Evening Hike at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve on March 5

Registration Required by Tuesday, March 3

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—February 17, 2015. “Chili Evening Hike” will be held Thursday, March 5, 5:30-8 p.m. at Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve. Let’s listen, and adjust our eyes, ears and even our walking styles to catch a glimpse of the active life of the nocturnal woods! Learn which of our winter residents are night prowlers as we join a winter scavenger hunt. After our chilly stroll, warm up with a mug of homemade Thorn Creek chili; choose among hearth-cozy, midnight wake-up call and barn-burner intensities.  

A fun evening for the hot-blooded and intrepid.The “Chili Evening Hike” program is for all ages. Fee is $5 and registration is required by Tuesday, March 3.   Come dressed for the weather. Participants should be able to walk 2 miles outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven and possibly snow-covered terrain. For more information or to register for this program, please contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest at 708-747-6320 or [email protected].

Thorn Creek Nature Center is nestled at the beginning of a three and half mile trail system that meanders through Thorn Creek Nature Preserve.   Housed in a small white wooden church building built in the mid-1860’s, the nature center houses displays for both adults and children.   Stop in and learn about mammals, Illinois fossils, insects, birds and much more!   Talk with a volunteer and learn about the history of the building and how it became a nature center. At nearly 1000 acres, Thorn Creek Nature Preserve is home to majestic oaks, hickory trees, white-tailed deer, owls, woodpeckers and much more.   Be sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes on your walk.  

The nature center is open Friday-Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. and trails are open daily, dawn to dusk.   There are many volunteer opportunities at the preserve such as staffing the nature center open hours, trail work, office skills, baking, assisting at programs and more. Call Thorn Creek Nature Center for more information 708-747-6320.