Activity Guide Spring/Summer 2018 - Page 79

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS EVENTS FREE Spring Wildflower Walks FREE Earth Day Age: 18 & Up Our spring wildflowers are often referred to as ephemerals due to their brief spring blooms. Lake Ellyn Park is home to many of the native plants that have faded away over the years due to human impact. Join us for a morning walk to learn about these often overlooked beauties that we are working hard to preserve. [RF] Age: All Join us for an afternoon in the park. Bring a picnic lunch, tour the newly renovated LEED-certified Boathouse. Guided walks will be given of the woodland restoration area. Local environmental groups will be present to share ideas on sustainable lifestyles. Canoes and kayaks will be available for rental. Kids can complete a passport while visiting educational stations throughout the park. Rain barrels will be available for purchase at this event. [RF] Held at Lake Ellyn Park DAY W Sa DATE 5/16 5/19 TIME 9-10A 1-2P FEE FREE FREE Date: Sunday, April 22 Time: 1pm-4pm Location: Lake Ellyn Boathouse Cost: Free FREE Guided Nature Walks Age: 18 & Up These casual walks will be at a leisurely pace – rain or shine. On 5/9, meet at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, located near the corner of Butterfield and Route 53. We will meet in the northern parking lot and near the bathroom facility. On 6/13, meet in the easternmost parking lot of Churchill Woods Forest Preserve on St. Charles Road. We will meet near the informational kiosk. [RF] Locations Vary - See Table Below DAY W W DATE 5/9 6/13 TIME 9-10:30A 9-10:30A LOCATION Hidden Lake Forest Preserve Churchill Woods Forest Preserve FREE Native Plant Ideas Age: 18 & Up Have you thought about incorporating native plants and trees into your landscape, but not sure where to start? Join us for a brief power point presentation before hitting a trail to see examples of grasses, sedges, flowers, shrubs and trees that do well in a yard and garden setting. We’ll share which species do best in sun or shade, and wet or dry soils. A hand-out will be provided with lists of recommended plants and places to purchase them. Free, but pre-registration required. [RF] Meet at Frank Johnson Ctr. (490 Kenilworth), then Churchill Park CODE 111565 DAY Su DATE 5/20 TIME 1-3:30P FEE FREE NEW Forest Therapy Walk Age: 18 & Up Connecting with nature has many proven health benefits. Join Retta Hennessy, a certified Forest Therapy guide, and learn how to immerse yourself in natural settings through mindful movements and observations, gain insights about local ecology, and better understand the physical and mental benefits of this growing practice. [RF] FREE DuPage County River Sweep Age: Best Suited for Ages 5 & Up Since 1991, volunteers for the River Sweep effort have removed around 270 tons of trash from our local waterways. The Park District is once again serving as the community liaison for the Glen Ellyn effort at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve in 2018. Please consider joining your neighbors to help clean the shorelines of the East Branch. Questions? Please email Renae at rfrigo@gepark.org. [RF] Date: Saturday, May 19 Time: 9am-Noon Location: Churchill Woods Forest Preserve How to Register: Pre-registration is required. To register, please visit www.TheConservationFoundation.org. RESTORATION WORK DAYS Age: All (Best Suited for Ages 5 & Up) Help clear invasive plants, cut and stack brush, plant native flowers, trees and seeds, maintain trails and more. Please bring gloves if you have them – we will supply the tools, safety glasses and extra gloves. This is a great opportunity for scouts, families, and community groups. If you plan to bring a group or have any questions, please contact Renae Frigo at rfrigo@gepark.org. [RF] DAY Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa Sa DATE 4/14 5/12 6/9 7/14 8/11 9/8 10/13 11/10 12/8 TIME 9-11A 9-11A 9-11A 9-11A 9-11A 9-11A 9-11A 9-11A 9-11A LOCATION Danby Park Ellynwood Nature Preserve Churchill Park Ackerman Park Glen Ellyn Manor Park Lake Ellyn Park Maryknoll Park Churchill Park Ackerman Park Held at Lake Ellyn Park CODE 111571 DAY Su DATE 6/3 TIME 1-3P R/NR FEE $10/$15 79