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Events in DuPage Forest Preserves: April 23 – 29

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, April 23
From Sheep to Socks β€” Take a tour of the historic farmhouse to discover the role wool and cotton played on the farm in the 1890s. 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.

Tuesday, April 24
Birding at Willowbrook β€” Learn the basics of birding, and search for feathered friends during a leisurely stroll in the Back 40. Bring binoculars. 8 – 9:30 a.m. at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, 525 S. Park Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Ages 10 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Donation suggested. Registration not required. Call 630-942-6200.

Wednesday, April 25
Geocaching for Active Adults β€” See a geocaching demonstration, and then use a GPS unit to discover hidden caches. 10 a.m. – noon at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook. Ages 50 and up. Free. To register, call 630-933-7248.

Volunteer Native-Plant-Nursery Workday β€” 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.

Thursday, April 26
From Sheep to Socks β€” Take a tour of the historic farmhouse to discover the role wool and cotton played on the farm in the 1890s. 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.

Friday, April 27
Fishing Flowing Waters β€” Learn techniques for fishing in rivers and streams at this intermediate-level clinic. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Graue Mill area at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, 3800 York Road in Oak Brook. Ages 12 and up; under 18 with an adult. Free. Registration begins April 13. Call 630-933-7248.

Froggin’ Under the Stars β€” Identify local frog species by their calls while learning about spring stars and constellations. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at James β€œPate” Philip State Park, 2054 W. Stearns Road in Bartlett. Ages 5 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. To register, call 630-850-8110.

From Sheep to Socks β€” Take a tour of the historic farmhouse to discover the role wool and cotton played on the farm in the 1890s. 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.

FullersBird Fridays β€” Join these naturalist-led hikes, and see how the diversity of birds in a forest preserve changes throughout spring. 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center, 3609 Spring Road in Oak Brook. Adults only. $6 per person per hike; $40 for a 10-program pass. To register, call 630-850-8110.

Saturday, April 28
Blacksmithing Demonstrations β€” 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.

From Sheep to Socks β€” Take a tour of the historic farmhouse to discover the role wool and cotton played on the farm in the 1890s. 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.

Prairie Path Cleanup β€” Participate in the annual Illinois Prairie Path trail cleanup by removing litter along the Geneva Spur through West Chicago Prairie. 9 a.m. – noon at West Chicago Prairie Forest Preserve in West Chicago on Industrial Drive one-half mile south of Hawthorne Lane. Ages 8 and up; under 14 with an adult. Free. Groups of 10 or more must register. Call 630-293-1627.

Volunteer Restoration Workday β€” Help restore a natural area by removing nonnative vegetation or planting seed. 9 a.m. – noon at the Elsen’s Hill area of West DuPage Woods Forest Preserve in West Chicago on Gary’s Mill Road one-half mile west of Winfield Road. Ages 8 and up; under 14 with an adult. Free. To register, call 630-933-7681 at least five business days in advance. Groups or five or more must call 10 business days in advance.

Sunday, April 29
Cast-Iron Cooking β€” Help prepare a hearty meal over an open campfire, and learn tips for cooking with cast iron. 1 – 3:30 p.m. at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton on Butterfield Road two miles west of Naperville Road. Ages 5 and up; under 18 with an adult. $10 per person ages 13 and up; $5 ages 5 – 12. Registration begins April 16. Call 630-933-7248.

From Sheep to Socks β€” Take a tour of the historic farmhouse to discover the role wool and cotton played on the farm in the 1890s. 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.

Meet the Beekeepers β€” 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.

Wreaths for Wildlife β€” Learn about and view the nests of different kinds of birds, and build a nesting wreath that birds can pick from as they build their homes. 1:30 – 3 p.m. at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, 525 S. Park Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. Ages 8 and up; under 13 with an adult. $5 per craft. To register, call 630-942-6200.

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