If you are interested in any of these programs, you may click on the button below to see class times and availability.
spooky campfire night
Spend a spooky, but family-friendly night beneath the stars and towering trees of Pilcher Park. Cozy up to a campfire while roasting marshmallows and listening to eerie stories told by our naturalists. In case of inclement weather, alternate activities will take place inside.
Read the storybook Trail
Join us for a guided hike on our Storybook Trail! We will read a story to you as you walk along the trail and then come inside to make a fun craft. The stories and crafts will be related to the current season.
IN SEARCH OF BATS
Those shadows flitting about the night sky aren't birds...and they're not vampires either! They are flying mammals! Join us as we investigate the myths and facts about our fabulous neighbors: bats! We'll roast marshmallows around a cozy campfire while we learn about bats, then go on a hike to find these mosquito-eating machines. We'll use bat detectors to "listen" for them as they search for food. Wear long sleeves, pants, and some bug repellent!
Spring migration season is here. A member of the Will County Audubon Society will be leading guided bird hikes around Pilcher Park and identifying spring migrants. Bring your binoculars or use ours. Come prepared for hiking on trails with potentially rough terrain. Please register for this event ahead of time.
Are you interested in exploring the hidden gems of Pilcher Park's forest floor? This adult-only wildflower hike allows you to get up close to the beautiful spring wildflowers that are native to our forest. Join us on a guided hike with a naturalist to learn facts and identification of our wildflowers. Like our ephemeral flowers, this program is short lived. Sign up today!
Learn about those hippity hoppity creatures called frogs - their different frog calls, where they live, how they catch their food, and their habitats. We'll roast marshmallows around a cozy campfire then we'll take a hike, search for frogs, and learn some more about them. Bring your flashlights and boots. Wear long sleeves, pants and bug repellent.
Introduction to the world of birding! Learn common birds found in Illinois. Learn some bird calls and discover different beak types and seed preferences for your feeder. This can include a bird walk with binoculars if you choose.This class is 1 1/2 hours with binocular walk.