The Alliance: Let’s Play! Fort Building

Lloyd Park 799 Sheridan Rd, Winnetka, IL

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...

Free

Fall Paddle Festival

Tower Road Boat Launch Tower Rd, west of Forestway Dr, Winnetka, Illinois

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,...

Free

Seed Collection for Skokie Lagoons

Volunteer Resource Center 6100 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL

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

Stars, Stories & S’mores

Erickson Woods 1651 Willow Road, Winnetka, IL

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.

Free

Skokie Lagoons Stewardship Volunteer Day

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...

Skokie Lagoons Stewardship Volunteer Day

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...

Let’s Play! Winter Woods Exploration

Crow Island Woods 1140 Willow Road, Winnetka, Illinois

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...

Free

Trees: Back To Our Roots [Going Green Matters]

Michigan Shores Club 911 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette, IL

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

Free

Event Cancelled: Earth Day at Erickson Woods

Erickson Woods 1651 Willow Road, Winnetka, IL

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...

Free

Let’s Play! Forest Exploration

Erickson Woods 1651 Willow Road, Winnetka, IL

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...

Free

Community Science Day at Skokie Lagoons

Skokie Lagoons, Glencoe

Join Shedd Aquarium for a special day of community science at Skokie Lagoons. Come meet Shedd researchers and see first hand how habitat restoration and community science tools like iNaturalist and Great Lakes Fish Finder help us learn about and...

Fall Paddle Festival

Tower Road Boat Launch Tower Rd, west of Forestway Dr, Winnetka, Illinois

Embrace the fall season with nature-based activities on and off the water.  We will have individual, tandem, and group canoe trips, guided hikes, youth and adult archery, pumpkin painting, nature play, s’mores, and more!  In partnership with BackYard Nature Center....

Let’s Play! Winter Woods Exploration

Crow Island Woods 1140 Willow Road, Winnetka, Illinois

Bundle up and head outside to join The Alliance for Early Childhood and Community Partner and Backyard Nature Center to engage in imaginative and child directed, outdoor free-play in the woods. INTENDED AGE AUDIENCE:  ALL AGES ARE WELCOME Registration is...

Earth Day Celebration with BYNC

Erickson Woods 1651 Willow Road, Winnetka, IL

Featuring: Hikes Stewardship Hiking stick carving Nature play Monkey lines More information to follow!

Let’s Play! Forest Exploration

Forest Way Grove Forest Way Drive, South of Dundee Road, Glencoe

Join The Alliance for Early Childhood and Community Partners, BackYard Nature Center and Cook County Forest Preserve, to engage in creative, imaginative, and child-directed, outdoor free play as a family. INTENDED AGE AUDIENCE:  3-5 YEARS Registration is preferred but drop-in...