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October 2019

The Alliance: Let’s Play! Fort Building

October 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lloyd Park, 799 Sheridan Rd
Winnetka, IL 60093
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Free

Join The Alliance for Early Childhood at Lloyd Park to use simple, natural materials to build something amazing. This Fort Building program is intended for children of all ages. Parents or caregivers are asked to attend with their children. No…

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Fall Paddle Festival

October 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tower Road Boat Launch, Tower Rd, west of Forestway Dr
Winnetka, Illinois 60093
Free

Embrace the fall season with nature-based activities on and off the water.  BackYard Nature Center partners with Forest Preserves of Cook County to offer a day filled with paddle trips in a canoe or kayak, archery, pumpkin painting, nature play,…

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Seed Collection for Skokie Lagoons

October 14, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Volunteer Resource Center, 6100 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL
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Join us for a Fall day of native seed collecting at the Forest Preserve Volunteer Resource Center. Bring work gloves, insect repellent, and be prepared for muddy conditions. Parking is available on site. Contact Gary Morrissey, gmorrissey001@comcast.net

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Stars, Stories & S’mores

October 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Erickson Woods, 1651 Willow Road
Winnetka, IL 60093
Free

Join us for an evening in the Forest Preserves. Enjoy a cozy fire, s’mores, storytelling, astronomy, night hikes, natural material building, and a bat sonar activity with the Forest Preserves of Cook County.

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November 2019

Skokie Lagoons Stewardship Volunteer Day

November 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Skokie Lagoons, Glencoe

The Skokie Lagoons preserve is a network of forest, artificial lagoons, channels, and islands. Known to the Potawatomi people as "Chewab Skokie" or "big wet prairie", the area was well known as wildlife habitat. Our stewardship work seeks to reestablish…

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December 2019

Skokie Lagoons Stewardship Volunteer Day

December 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Skokie Lagoons, Glencoe

The Skokie Lagoons preserve is a network of forest, artificial lagoons, channels, and islands. Known to the Potawatomi people as "Chewab Skokie" or "big wet prairie", the area was well known as wildlife habitat. Our stewardship work seeks to reestablish…

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February 2020

Let’s Play! Winter Woods Exploration

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Crow Island Woods, 1140 Willow Road
Winnetka, Illinois 60093
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Free

Bundle-up and head outside to join The Alliance for Early Childhood and Community Partners, Backyard Nature Center, NSSED, and The Chicago Botanic Garden, to engage in imaginative, and child-directed, outdoor free-play in the woods. INTENDED AGE AUDIENCE: ALL AGES ARE…

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March 2020

Trees: Back To Our Roots [Going Green Matters]

March 8 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Avenue
Wilmette, IL United States
Free

Go Green Wilmette’s premier environmental fair draws more than 1,400 participants from twenty communities.

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April 2020

Event Cancelled: Earth Day at Erickson Woods

April 25 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Erickson Woods, 1651 Willow Road
Winnetka, IL 60093
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Free

Join us for an Earth Day Celebration! BackYard Nature Center in conjunction with the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the Shedd Aquarium will be sponsoring nature hikes, bird walks, fishing lessons, a nature playground for children, and restoration activities…

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June 2020

Let’s Play! Forest Exploration

June 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Erickson Woods, 1651 Willow Road
Winnetka, IL 60093
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Free

Preschool is out for the summer! Join The Alliance for Early Childhood and Community Partners, Backyard Nature Center, Chicago Botanic Garden, Cook County Forest Preserve, and NSSED to engage in creative, imaginative, and child-directed, outdoor free-play as a family in the…

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