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    Drop-In/Ongoing Programs at Forest Park Nature Center

    Unless otherwise indicated, donations are requested for all walks and programs. CORE members often receive a discount for programs with a fee. Thank you for your support!

    Yoga with Jean Sloan
    Every Monday • 5:30-6:45 pm • Ages 8+
    Fee: 4 classes for $36, 8 classes for $64 or $10 drop in

    Experience the benefits of yoga in the tranquil setting of Forest Park Nature Center. This beginning class will combine gentle postures, breathing practices and relaxation with an emphasis on self-acceptance and discovery. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or large towel, and refrain from eating a large meal prior to class. Some mats are available for use at the Nature Center. For more information contact Jean at 678-8099. Age: 8+  Fee: $10 drop-in fee; packages also available.

    Old Time Folk and Country Jam
    2nd and 4th Sunday of each month
    3:30-5:00 pm • All ages

    Dust off that guitar, fiddle, banjo or other acoustic instrument and bring it down to the Nature Center for a jam session. Meet other musicians and learn some new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and enjoy.

     

    NO NEED TO PRE-REGISTER – JUST DROP IN
    Highlight or click on an event in the calendar below for more information.

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    An Introduction to Backyard Bird Watching 10:00 am
    An Introduction to Backyard Bird... @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Sa: 7/4 • 10 am Bird watching is a wonderful way to relax and learn about the natural world. This class will start you on the path to becoming a backyard birder. We’ll go over the basics on how to … Continued
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    Summer Story Time 10:30 am
    Summer Story Time @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
    Th: 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13 10:30-11:15 am • Best for ages 4-7 There’s nothing like a good story to remind us that the simple things are often the best! Well, there’s that and more in the Nature Center on … Continued
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    Forest Park After Dark 9:00 pm
    Forest Park After Dark @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    F: 7/10 • 9-10 pm Join us for a night hike out in the woods! The naturalist will discuss nocturnal creatures and maybe even point out a constellation or two.
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    Basic Bird Bingo 9:30 am
    Basic Bird Bingo @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
    F: 7/17 • 9:30 am Learn the basics of bird watching and how to identify some of our common local birds. Then put your new skills to the test as we take a short hike and see what birds we … Continued
    Ecology in Action Hike 6:30 pm
    Ecology in Action Hike @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Th: 7/23 • 6:30 pm Have you ever pondered the connections between organisms, or wondered what impact human activities have on the landscape? Our naturalist will lead the group on a moderately difficult hike of around 1.5 miles up Possum … Continued
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    River Spirit Flute Circle 1:00 pm
    River Spirit Flute Circle @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Sa: 3/21, 4/11, 5/9, 6/6, 7/18, 8/1 and 9/5, 1-2 pm, All Ages Listen to Native American flute music or try your hand at playing this beautiful wooden instrument. All levels are welcome , and the circle is open to … Continued
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    Tawny Oaks Prairie Wildflower Walks 10:00 am
    Tawny Oaks Prairie Wildflower Walks @ Tawny Oaks
    Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Tu: 7/21 & 8/18, 10 am Enjoy a naturalist-guided walk through the Peoria Park District’s newest prairie restoration project, the prairie planting at our Tawny Oaks Preserve. We will meet in the parking lot of Tawny Oaks at 10 a.m.
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    Summer Story Time 10:30 am
    Summer Story Time @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:15 am
    Th: 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13 10:30-11:15 am • Best for ages 4-7 There’s nothing like a good story to remind us that the simple things are often the best! Well, there’s that and more in the Nature Center on … Continued
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    Lightning Bugs! 9:00 pm
    Lightning Bugs! @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 24 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    F: 6/19 & 7/24 • 9-10 pm Fee: $1, free for CORE members Kids, ask your parents to let you stay up late for this one night! Children and their parents will experience the magic of seeing thousands of luminescent … Continued
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    Bees in Today’s World 1:30 pm
    Bees in Today’s World @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
    Su: 7/26 • 1:30-3 pm As the human world has rapidly changed, so has the bee’s world. This program explores how the modern world has both hindered and helped the bee.
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    Full Moon Strolls 9:00 pm
    Full Moon Strolls @ Forest Park Nature Center
    Jul 31 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Tu: 6/2 & F: 7/31 • 9-10 pm Stroll down a moonlit trail with one of our naturalists. The guided hike will depart at 9 p.m. Please dress for the weather.