Winterfest 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Head to Russel Woods Forest Preserve for Winterfest! The event is hosted by the University of Illinois Extension office and the Forest Preserve District. For more information call 815-784-2000.

Event Location:
Russel Woods Forest Preserve
11750 State Rte. 72
Genoa, IL 60135

Schedule of Events: 

9:30 a.m. ~ Bird Behaviors & Identification
Whether you are a beginning birder or just enjoy watching the birds, join us inside the Natural Resource Education Center to learn simple techniques for identifying birds as you watch our feeding station.
10:00 a.m. ~ Illinois Wildlife Program and Un-Nature Nature Trail
Peggy Doty will share information about area wildlife and then participants can go on an un-nature hike. Come and see what this is about and bring the family!
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ~ Candle Making
Volunteers will be on hand to assist in the making of hand-dipped candles you can take home with you.
(One per person, please)
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. ~ Face Painting
Kids will love having our artists design a piece of nature art on their hand or face.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ~ Crafts & Activities
Make and take crafts with helpful volunteers available to assist as well as other on-going family-friendly activities. (Large classroom)
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ~ Digital Scavenger Hunt
See how many items from our scavenger hunt you can “shoot” with your phone or camera. Items may be found inside and outside the nature center and along specified trail.
(See a staff member or volunteer for instructions)
11:00 a.m. ~ Story Time
Join Sarah Tobias as she reads some of her favorite winter stories from our own library.
(Meet in Little Seeds Library)
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ~ Snacks & Lunch
Available for purchase from the Genoa Prairie Gems 4-H Club
(Please support our local 4-H Club)
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ~ Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Enjoy the winter scenery of Russell Woods Forest Preserve from the comfort of a horse-drawn wagon.
(Pick-up in front of the Natural Resource Education Center)

12:30 p.m. ~ Tracking
Join Jason Thompson for a native skills tracking lesson. Jason is a long time practitioner of native skills and will share his years of experience and tracking knowledge.
(Small classroom)
1:30 pm ~ Hike
Join us for an afternoon hike and even put your new tracking knowledge to work.
(Meet in the large classroom)