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Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: June 18 – 24

For more information on the many programs and places of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, call 630-933-7200, or visit dupageforest.org.

Monday, June 18
Children’s Farm Chores — Kids, learn firsthand how 1890s children helped around the house and farm. On Mondays, help with mom’s chores; on Thursdays, dad’s. 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Children’s Story Hour — Spread a blanket on the ground, and enjoy an hour of popular children’s stories from the 1890s. 10 – 11 a.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Milk Money — Learn how farm wives in the 1890s processed milk into butter and cheese and used the income to help support their families. Tours begin on the hour 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Wednesday, June 20
Quail-Wagon Tours — Enjoy a 30-minute guided quail-wagon ride, and learn about the natural and cultural history of St. James Farm along the way. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville at Madison Street and Hoy Avenue. All ages. $5 per person ages 13 – 54; $4 ages 55 and up; $2 ages 5 – 12; under 5 free. Registration not required. Call 630-933-7248.

Ranger Trek Junior — Learn about the critters that call the forest preserves home, and join a ranger on a hike to explore different habitats. 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien on Bluff Road one-quarter mile east of Cass Avenue. Ages 10 and under with an adult. Free. To register, call 630-933-7248.

Thursday, June 21
Children’s Farm Chores — Kids, learn firsthand how 1890s children helped around the house and farm. On Mondays, help with mom’s chores; on Thursdays, dad’s. 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Milk Money — Learn how farm wives in the 1890s processed milk into butter and cheese and used the income to help support their families. Tours begin on the hour 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Volunteer Native-Plant-Nursery Workday — Help the District’s Habitat Improvement Program by lending a hand at the nursery. Weed and water plant beds, or collect and clean seed. 8 – 11 a.m. at the Grounds and Resources Complex at Blackwell Forest Preserve, 29W220 Mack Road in West Chicago. Ages 12 and up; under 16 with an adult. Free. To register, call 630-933-7681 at least five business days in advance; groups of five or more must call 10 business days in advance.

Friday, June 22
Mammoth Hike — Hike to the site where a woolly mammoth was unearthed decades ago, and hear the story of its discovery. 10 a.m. – noon at the McKee Marsh area of Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville on the north side of Mack Road one-quarter mile east of Route 59. Ages 8 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Registration begins June 8. Call 630-942-6200.

Milk Money — Learn how farm wives in the 1890s processed milk into butter and cheese and used the income to help support their families. Tours begin on the hour 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Saturday, June 23
Blacksmithing Demonstrations — Stop by the wagon shed to see the blacksmith repair equipment and demonstrate the tools and techniques of the trade. Demonstrations ongoing. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Horse-Drawn Hayrides — Take a 30-minute ride through the prairies and woodlands of Danada Forest Preserve, and learn about the features of this historic preserve. Noon – 3:45 p.m. at Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton. $5 per person ages 13 and up; $2 ages 5 – 12; under 5 free. Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to reserve private hayrides. Call 630-668-6012.

Milk Money — Learn how farm wives in the 1890s processed milk into butter and cheese and used the income to help support their families. Tours begin on the hour 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Monitoring Monarchs — Learn about our state insect, the monarch butterfly. Search for its eggs and caterpillars, and find out how you can help monitor the monarch population at Fullersburg Woods. 10 – 11 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook. Ages 7 and up; under 12 with an adult. $3 per person. To register, call 630-850-8110.

Quail-Wagon Tours — Enjoy a 30-minute guided quail-wagon ride, and learn about the natural and cultural history of St. James Farm along the way. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville at Madison Street and Hoy Avenue. All ages. $5 per person ages 13 – 54; $4 ages 55 and up; $2 ages 5 – 12; under 5 free. Registration not required. Call 630-933-7248.

Ride the Trails — Tour several forest preserves during this 15- to 20-mile ranger-led bike ride along the Salt Creek Greenway Trail. 9 a.m. – noon at Cricket Creek Forest Preserve in Addison on Fullerton Avenue one block west of Frontage Road. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Registration begins June 11. Call 630-933-7248.

St. James Farm Caboose Tour — Take a 30- to 45-minute tour of the 1906 Chicago Burlington & Quincy caboose. Learn about the history of the CA&E Railroad, including its connection to St. James Farm, and what life was like for the conductor and the brakemen. Tours begin on the hour 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville at Madison Street and Hoy Avenue. All ages; under 13 with an adult. $2 per person ages 13 and up; $1 ages 5 – 12; under 5 free. Registration not required. Call 630-933-7248.

Sunday, June 24
Classical Notes at Mayslake — Enjoy a music-filled afternoon featuring members of the Chicago New Arts Trio as they perform “Birds & Flowers.” 3 – 5 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. Ages 8 and up; under 16 with an adult. $20 for general admission; $18 for students and seniors over 65. For tickets, call 630-206-9566.

Horse-Drawn Hayrides — Take a 30-minute ride through the prairies and woodlands of Danada Forest Preserve, and learn about the features of this historic preserve. Noon – 3:45 p.m. at Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Road in Wheaton. $5 per person ages 13 and up; $2 ages 5 – 12; under 5 free. Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to reserve private hayrides. Call 630-668-6012.

Meet the Beekeepers — Learn about beekeeping equipment and the important role that bees serve in our food supply. The beekeepers will also answer your questions about honey and bees. Demonstrations ongoing. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Milk Money — Learn how farm wives in the 1890s processed milk into butter and cheese and used the income to help support their families. Tours begin on the hour 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Call 630-876-5900.

Quail-Wagon Tours — Enjoy a 30-minute guided quail-wagon ride, and learn about the natural and cultural history of St. James Farm along the way. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville at Madison Street and Hoy Avenue. All ages. $5 per person ages 13 – 54; $4 ages 55 and up; $2 ages 5 – 12; under 5 free. Registration not required. Call 630-933-7248.

St. James Farm Caboose Tour — Take a 30- to 45-minute tour of the 1906 Chicago Burlington & Quincy caboose. Learn about the history of the CA&E Railroad, including its connection to St. James Farm, and what life was like for the conductor and the brakemen. Tours begin on the hour 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville at Madison Street and Hoy Avenue. All ages; under 13 with an adult. $2 per person ages 13 and up; $1 ages 5 – 12; under 5 free. Registration not required. Call 630-933-7248.

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