The weather may be chilly, but that's no excuse for becoming a couch potato. The Peoria Park District invites families to participate in a variety of winter hikes at Forest Park Nature Center during January and February. Bundle up, and head outdoors for fresh air, exercise and new knowledge about the world around you.
Winter Wonder Walks will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 2. On these hour-long walks, participants will look for tracks in the snow, and a naturalist will talk about how animals deal with cold weather. Pre-registration is not necessary, and there is no fee, but donations are encouraged.
The Peoria Park District is also hosting two evening Owl Prowl hikes at the Nature Center. The walks will be from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 5. Participants will learn about owls that live in the area. They will also have an opportunity to imitate owl calls. This program is for people ages five and up. As with the Winter Wonder Walks, there is no advance registration or set fee, but donations will be accepted.
See the stars at Forest Park Nature Center during the Constellation Hike at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11. Participants will take an hour-long guided tour, during which they will learn about constellations and the stories that people have told about them over time. In the case of overcast skies, this event may be cancelled. The fee is $2 per person for the general public and $1 for members of CORE, which is Forest Park's membership program. Advance registration is not required.
Please dress for the weather for these outdoor activities. Forest Park Nature Center is located at 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights, Ill. Call 309-686-3360 for information on these and other programs offered at the Nature Center.