Thorn Creek Nature Center
247 Monee Road, Park Forest, IL 60466
Visit our website: http://tcwoods.org
Forty years ago, June 1978, Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve. It is one of the largest forested areas in northeastern Illinois...the fifth largest in the Illinois Nature Preserves system. This large dry mesic oak hickory forest is dominated by 150-year old white and red oak trees with a rich understory of native shrubs, rare plants and spring wildflowers. A walk through the Woods is a 3.5-mile nature adventure. The preserve also features Thorn Creek Nature Center in an 1861 white steepled building, and the historic Hornicek Farm.
FRIENDS OF THORN CREEK WOODS
Join Friends of Thorn Creek Woods and support the 985 acre Thorn Creek Nature Preserve and its Nature Center. Formed in 1969, Friends efforts ensured permanent protection for this unique open space enhancing Park Forest and the region. Friends volunteers build and repair trails, create exhibits, monitor species, staff the nature center, lead programs, and raise funds for programs and improvements. Members enjoy a quarterly newsletter and sponsor Earth Day, plus Spring and Fall meetings. Annual family membership is $20 or $50 for an organization; life membership is $200. For more information: 708-747-6320; firstname.lastname@example.org; https://tcwoods.org; P.O. Box 32, Richton Park, IL 60471.
6/25/20 Thorn Creek Nature Center Update
Thorn Creek Nature Preserve trails are open to the public and visitors are urged to adhere to the state's guidelines for their safety and the safety of others.
Thorn Creek Nature Center will remain closed to the public. The previously scheduled public programs are canceled, but see our webpage www.tcwoods.org for programs offered in June, July and August. Also see website for Forest Preserve District of Will County www.reconnectwithnature.org.
Members of the public must continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet as recommended by health authorities. We encourage the use of face masks when social distancing isn't possible. Wear a face covering when inside the nature center or when outside and unable to maintain 6-foot social distancing.
TAKE PRECAUTIONS BEFORE VISITING THORN CREEK WOODS NATURE PRESERVE
The Commission is urging members of the public to adopt all outdoor recreation safety measures recommended by the state as they visit Thorn Creek Nature Preserve. Here are the guidelines issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on Thursday, April 23:
• Bring alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60 percent alcohol) and face coverings.
• Practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.
• Stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or flu-like symptoms.
• Visit alone or with members of your household.
• Stay local; visit preserves that are closest to where you live.
• If you arrive at a preserve and crowds are forming, please return another time/day to visit.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow.
For information on the coronavirus contact your County Health Department.
Programs & Events
Summer Nature Walk
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Ages 18 and older. 9 people maximum
Registration by Monday, June 22: 708-747-6320.
Join us for hike at the beginning of summer at Thorn Creek Woods. We’ll look for wildflowers in bloom and their associated pollinators. We’ll watch for birds and insects in the summer woods and maybe even hear some frogs calling.
nature center is closed, meet in front of the building. Note there is no
restroom available at the preserve. Please bring your own hand
sanitizer, face mask, binoculars, water bottle and be prepared to follow the
social distancing of 6 feet. Participants should be able to walk 2 miles
outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven wet/muddy terrain.
July Nature Hike
Saturday, July 11, 2020; rain date Saturday, July 25, 2020
Ages 18 and older. 9 people maximum
Registration by Monday, July 6, 2020: 708-747-6320
We will check on summer happenings at the preserve’s prairie,
meadows and woodlands. Join us to observe sunflowers and pollinators at the
prairie. We can hear singing critters and observe other fascinating insects in
the meadow and then back to the woods to watch for birds and more. Please
bring your own hand sanitizer, face mask, binoculars, water bottle and be
prepared to follow the social distancing of 6 feet. Participants should be able
to walk 2 miles outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven wet/muddy
Sounds Of Insects Hike
Sunday, August 2, 2020; rain date Saturday, August 9, 2020.
Ages 18 and older. Free! 9 registrants maximum
Registration required by Monday, July 27: 708-747-6320
Join us as we venture out on the trail at dusk listening for musical and mechanical insect sounds. Many insects become more active as the sun goes down. We’ll listen and learn the distinct sounds of common local species and why they make these sounds.
Meet in front of nature center. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, face mask, binoculars, water bottle and be prepared to follow the social distancing of 6 feet. Participants should be able to walk 2 miles outdoors on natural surface trails across uneven wet/muddy terrain.