Updated: October 16, 2013 6:10AM
Fall activities begin for all ages at Thorn Creek Nature Center.
The Wednesday Morning Walkers will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wear sturdy shoes for wet or muddy trails. Ages 11 through adult should call or email the nature center to register.
Ecologist Jon Mendelson will lead a “Know Your Oaks Hike” through Thorn Creek Woods from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 15. This program is free and for all ages, and will take place on natural surface trails across uneven terrain. Registration is required for this program.
Volunteers are needed for the annual Fall Clean-up Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22. Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served. Call to register a group of six or more people.
The Thorn Creek Junior Ecologists Club for children ages 9 to 12 will meet from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 28. Participants will explore the woods, track seasonal changes and discover woodland plants and animals. Wear boots and long pants, and bring a water bottle and insect repellent. Junior Ecologists Club is a free program. Registration is required by Sept. 26.
The Thorn Creek Garlic Fest will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 5. Join garlic lovers from all over the area in discovering the many varieties of garlic. The event includes information on garlic, including its uses, planting techniques and how to cook with garlic. More than 20 varieties of organic garlic will be for sale. All garlic is organically grown on Thorn Creek’s Historic Farm. There will be a bake sale, raffle and a nature hike at 2 p.m.
Parking is located in the field across from the nature center. Admission is $5 per car; $1 per bicycle.
For more information or to register for programs, contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, (708) 747-6320, email email@example.com or stop in the nature center between noon and 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Three-and-a-half miles of Thorn Creek trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Trail walkers should be aware that the south bridge across Thorn Creek is closed due to damage. The new north bridge across Thorn Creek is open and all the trails are open. Walkers should plan their hikes to allow for coming back around the trails to cross at the north bridge only. There are signs and maps at the trail head.