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Fall events slated at forest preserves

Updated: October 16, 2013 6:10AM



The Cook County Forest Preserve District will hold special fall events throughout the county.

All events are family-friendly and most are free.

Canyon Tours will be held at 1 p.m. Sundays in September at the Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, 12545 W. 111th St., Lemont. Participants can join naturalists for a hike down the canyon to learn how it was formed and what lives there, according to a news release. Those taking part should be prepared to wade through a stream. The event is free.

A family campout will be held from 2 p.m. Sept. 21 to 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at Bullfrog Lake, 9600 Wolf Road, Willow Springs. One hundred families will sleep under the stars, cook over a campfire and enjoy night hikes, canoeing, story-telling and more. The event is presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District. Food and tents will be provided.

Archaeology Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland. Native American culture will be taught through guided hikes, archaeology displays, activities and crafts. The event is free.

The Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 S. 104th Ave., Willow Springs, will hold its 48th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6. The event is free.

The Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave., South Holland, will host “Leave No Child Inside: Family Fun Day!” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9. The event is free. Activities include games, an obstacle course, a nature scavenger hunt and more.

The Bullfrog Lake Paddle will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Bullfrog Lake, 9600 Wolf Road, Willow Springs. Paddling instruction will be provided. Participants can bring their own canoe or use one of the forest preserve district’s. The event is free.

For a complete list of fall events in the forest preserve district, visit www.fpdcc.com/events.

Staff report



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