FLOSSMOOR | The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District in conjunction with the Olympia Fields Park District presents the following fall offerings. All activities are held at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, at 20000 Western Ave. in Olympia Fields. For more information call the H-F Park District at (708) 957-0300.
See Irons Oaks from a squirrel’s point of view. Experience the High Ropes Course — a series of ropes, cables, boards and more, 30 feet up. Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure this program accommodates all. Must register by the Wednesday before. From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 10. Fee is $20 for residents, $30 for nonresidents.
Wednesday Night Workout
Come Wednesday nights from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 to Oct. 9 and challenge yourself to the 35-foot Climbing Tower, Crate Stacking, and Slack-Lining. These exciting full body exercises test your core and are adaptable for all skill and fitness levels. Must register by the Wednesday before. Fee is $10.
Free Nature Walk
Join a naturalist from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sept. 10, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 for a light hike on the grounds of Irons Oaks and meet some of the local flora and fauna along the way. Each day will have a different focus. Registration requested. Ages 18 and up.
Home School Programs
Join other homeschool students from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 as we explore the natural world through hikes, activities, games, and crafts. Meet in the Vollmer Road parking lot and divide into age groups. Ages 5-15. Fee is $5 for residents, $7.50 for nonresidents. Themes are Grossology on Sept. 11; Berries, Seeds & Nuts on Oct. 9 and The 3Rs on Nov. 13
Free Museum Discovery Days
Looking for some fantastic fall fun for the whole family? Come to the Irons Oaks nature museum for a variety of nature-related activities suitable for everyone. Thematic art projects and self-guided activities continue our free, drop-in series for families. Visitors should dress for the weather and park in the Vollmer Road parking lot. Themes are Magnificent Migrations from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 14; Treemendous Trees from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 and Give Thanks to Nature from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9.
Create a Worm Bin
Ready to compost but think you don't have the space? Worm bins are easy-to-care-for alternatives that can turn your kitchen waste into valuable amendments for your soil. Each household will create their own bin to take home. We'll discuss the benefits of vermicomposting, worm bin care, and tips and tricks to keep your new pets happy. All materials provided. Fee is per household. Register by Sept. 20. Ages 4 and up. Household fee is $12 for residents, $18 for nonresidents. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
Birds & Brunch
Irons Oaks is a favorite stopover for many species of birds during migration. Take a guided tour from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 26 of this beautiful natural area and discover its hidden feathered treasures. After the hike, you'll enjoy brunch next to a warm campfire. Ages 18 and up. Fee is $6 for residents, $9 for nonresidents.
Grab the kids and head on over to Irons Oaks for an evening of stories, folklore and songs around a blazing fire with folksinger Anna Stange from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4. We'll sing about what's happening in nature this season then wrap up the evening with a marshmallow roast. Audience participation is a must. Registration is required and fee is per person. Ages 2 and up. Fee is $5 for residents, $7.50 for nonresidents.
Full Moon Walk
There's something special about exploring nature at night. Set your sense of adventure on high and join us for an evening full of folklore and stories under the light of a full moon from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Program will end with marshmallows around the campfire. Program meets at the Vollmer Road parking lot. Ages 3 and up. Fee is $4 for residents; $6 for nonresidents.
Adult Owl Prowl
Search for Screech and Great-Horned Owls on this adult only hike at Irons Oaks from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. We'll meet inside to learn how to identify each owl before heading out for a hike. The evening will end with some hot chocolate to warm up. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk through wet or snowy trail conditions. Ages 15 and up. Fee is $3 for residents and $4.50 for nonresidents.
Family Owl Prowl
Owls are the most vocal this time of year as they search for a mate. We'll learn about the nocturnal predator, dissect owl pellets, go on an owl hike, and end with some hot chocolate to warm up. Dress for the weather and be prepared for wet or snowy trail conditions. Ages 6 and up. From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8. Fees are $12 for residents and $18 for nonresidents, per household.
Fall Family Geocaching Adventure
Bring your family to a modern-day treasure hunt at Irons Oaks from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 9. Geocaches are hidden containers that you track using GPS units. In this hands-on program you'll learn how to use a GPS unit to find geocaches and uncover clues that help you solve a nature-based mystery. GPS units will be provided. No experience is necessary. Ages 3 and up. Fee per household is $12 for residents and $18 for nonresidents.