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Walk this way to nature events

2013-05-15T00:00:00Z Walk this way to nature eventsJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
May 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Life starts to move outdoors this time of year and many local nature-themed events this weekend can help keep you busy.

A nature block party to celebrate Urban Biodiversity Week is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Eggers Woods, 11299 Avenue B in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood.

Planned activities include a garlic mustard pull, a tree hike, a bird hike, a bike helmet give away and ribbon cutting.

For more information, visit the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Website at

A bistate bike ride around Wolf Lake watershed is from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday starting from Shelter 2 at William Powers State Recreation Area, 12949 Avenue O in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.

Highlights along the route will include the Calumet Container brownfield; Environmental Education Center in Hammond with indoor trout stream; Wolf Lake Park’s pavilion, aquatic play center and flower garden; George Lake trail; Whiting Park; Whihala Beach; Eggers Grove; and the Burnham Greenway.

Riders should bring water. A portion of course will use city streets, but the entire course will be safe for road bikes. Those who plan to attend, should e-mail or call (219) 933-7149.

The Wonder of Salamanders will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 S. Paxton Ave. in South Holland. Ages 12 and older and adults can learn about salamanders and their habits.

For more information, visit

A walking tour of Powderhorn Prairie Nature Preserve is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 13817-14451 S. Brainard Ave. in Burnham.

Naturalists will lead this tour of the prairie and Marsh Nature Preserve, the only nature preserve in Chicago. Attendees will learn about the dune and swale topography and plant communities that were once the hallmark of the Chicago Lake Plain section.

Meet at the end of the Powderhorn Lake parking lot. For more information, visit

A Hike of the Calumet begins at 9 a.m. Sunday at William Powers State Recreation Area, 12949 Avenue O in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.

Join the Wandering Nomads group and the Chicago Hiking Meet-Up Group for a 7.5-mile walk through one of the city's most diverse areas that includes lakes, rivers, marshes, migratory birds, open spaces and landfills. The walk starts at William Powers Conservation Area and finishes at Harborside International Golf Course at Lake Calumet. For more information, call (312) 720-6864 or (773) 370-3305.

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