• Pre-registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted
• On-site registration is not available at the start of the program
• Each participant must be registered
• Children must be accompanied by a paid registered adult Please note that a program may be cancelled early due to low enrollment . See page 57 for program refund and transfer requests .
All programs are conducted rain or shine . In the event of extreme or dangerous weather , the program will be cancelled and participants will be refunded in full . Please dress for the weather .
Natural Areas Volunteer Program
Join the Natural Areas Volunteer Crew for a morning of RESTORATION .
Workday activities include :
• Invasive species removal
• Brush pile burning
• Planting of native species
• Seed collecting and processing
• Scientific monitoring
Please contact Liz Ricketts at ericketts @ pdhp . org or 847.571.7740 for more information and workday location . Every Friday from 9am-Noon .
Hit the snow on three miles of ungroomed trails at Heller Nature Center . You can rent skis for an hour whenever snow conditions permit ( 4 ” base or greater ). Rental includes no-wax skis , boots and poles . Sizes available for six-year-olds through adults . Call 847.433.6901 to check on snow conditions . Reservations must be made online , no walk-ins . RENTAL TIME SLOTS : M , Tu , W , F 9-10am | 10:15-11:15am | 11:30am-12:30pm | 12:45-1:45pm | 2-3pm | 3:15-4:15pm Th , Sa , Su 9-10am | 10:15-11:15am | 11:30am-12:30pm | 12:45-1:45pm | 2-3pm | 3:15-4:15pm | 4:30-5:30pm ( Rentals start and end at your designated time slot ) Rental Fee : $ 10 / person If you have your own skis , please feel free to use our trails at your leisure from dawn to dusk !
Lake Cook Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society
lakecookaudubon . org
October - December
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Rainbow Fish is an international bestseller and a modern classic . The universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish , who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions .
The Parks Foundation of Highland Park invites families to take a hike while enjoying a book about the wonders of nature . Constance ’ s Story Trail , is an interactive walk featuring a children ’ s nature-themed book with pages displayed at intervals along the trail .
Constance ’ s Story Trail is made possible through a generous grant to the Parks Foundation by former Highland Park resident Marc Mar-Yohana as a touching tribute to his late daughter and to celebrate her love of nature and reading . Constance and her father had shared many joyous hours wandering among books posted on Heller ’ s scenic trails before the display was severely damaged and removed last spring . Featured stories include some of Constance ’ s favorites and books selected by the Highland Park Public Library staff . Organizers also hope to offer a chance for local youth to display their writing .
Group and Custom Programs
Heller staff is happy to design an environmental education or outdoor recreation program to meet your needs or you may choose from an established program such as geocaching , hiking and campfire or team building . Choose the location of your program at Heller Nature Center or Rosewood Beach Interpretive Center . Dates , times and availability vary . For more information , call 847.433.6901 .
Visit our nature playspace and let your imagination guide you ! Unstructured nature play has been proven to build motor skills , creativity , attention span , social skills and so much more in kids ( and adults !) of all ages . Dig , Build , Crawl , Listen , Climb … a few of the many activities the playspace encourages . Open daily from dawn to dusk . Come explore today !
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