Irons Oaks offers winter fun

2013-12-20T00:00:00Z Irons Oaks offers winter funFor The Times nwitimes.com
December 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

FLOSSMOOR | The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District in conjunction with the Olympia Fields Park District presents the following winter offerings. All activities are held at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, at 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields.

WINTER OFFICE HOURS

December: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

January and February: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hours will be extended on snow days for ski rentals.

Rental Tours available by appointment. Call to make an appointment or confirm office is open.

CROSS COUNTRY SKI RENTALS

Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays  • 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays when there is 4+ inches of snow.

Rentals may be used on or off-site in 4+ inches of snow.

Weekend Rental - $15 (Rent on Friday, return on Monday)

One Day Rental - $10 (Available Monday through Saturday)

RECYCLE YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Through Jan. 20

Containers will be at H-F Racquet & Fitness Center, Irwin Center, H-F Ice Arena, Wiley’s Grill and Irons Oaks

Last year the park district recycled an amazing 600 pounds of broken holiday lights and cords. Drop your broken lights and extensions cords in a bin at one of the collection locations through Jan. 20 or bring them to Irons Oaks on tree collection day, Jan 4.

SNOWMAN CONTEST

Dec. 1 through Feb. 10

Frosty needs some friends at Irons Oaks. Come out and build a snowman to win. Biodegradable and natural items only. Fill out an entry form at the main office and inform the office staff to be entered in the contest. Snowmen will be judged on creativity. The winner will receive four weekend ski passes. Irons Oaks is not responsible for melted or collapsed snowmen.

HOMESCHOOL DAYS

2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 8 and Feb. 12

Join other homeschool students and explore the natural world through activities, hikes, games and crafts. Each month is a different theme led by staff Naturalists. Groups are formed based on age. Registration closes at 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the program.

Fee: $5 Resident / $7 Nonresident

MUSEUM DISCOVERY DAYS

1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 and Feb. 22

Join us for a variety of nature related activities suitable for the whole family. Self-guided activities, art projects and hot chocolate round out this free, drop-in program. Visitors should dress for the weather.

Themes: Tricky Tracks, Jan. 18 and Animal Adaptations, Feb. 22

HOLIDAY TREE RECYCLING

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 4

Irons Oaks Vollmer Road Lot – 20000 Western Ave., Olympia Fields

Bring your undecorated and unwrapped holiday trees to Irons Oaks anytime between Dec. 27 and Jan 11. Stack them neatly with the trunks pointed towards the parking lot. Donated trees are chipped for use on the trails at Irons Oaks. Community Tree drop-off day is Jan 4. Get help unloading your tree and stay for some fun.

WINTERPALOOZA

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan 6

Enjoy all that winter has to offer. Play in the snow, hone your nature detective skills, build a fire and cross country ski. Bring a sack lunch and dress for indoor and outdoor play. Ages 5-10.

Fee: $25 Resident / $38 Nonresident

WINTER WALK

10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 10 and Feb. 7

Enjoy this peaceful time of year at Irons Oaks. Discover what birds are out and which animals left tracks behind on this leisurely walk through the woods. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk through snow. Register. Ages: 18+.

WINTER ANIMALS

10 to 11 a.m. Feb 13

Many types of animals make Irons Oaks their home. Come explore who is awake and who is asleep in our woods and pond. Most activities will be outdoors, dress appropriately. Ages 2-5.

Fee: $4 Resident / $6 Nonresident

SNOW TOTS

10 to 11 a.m. Jan 14 

This class is all about fun in the snow. From making and finding tracks to sledding and decorating. Most activities will be outdoors, dress appropriately. Ages 2-5.

Fee: $4 Resident / $6 Nonresident

WINTER WONDERS

10:30 a.m. to noon Jan 18 

The winter landscape may look barren and lifeless, but looks can be deceiving. Search for signs of wildlife, hidden spring leaves and learn some interesting facts about snow. Enjoy hot chocolate around a toasty fire at the end of the program.

Fee: $4 Resident / $6 Nonresident

SQUIRREL DAY

10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan 20

Celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day by learning about these fearless critters. Discover the different species of squirrels in our region and make a treat for them to take home. Registration required.

Fee: $5 Resident / $8 Nonresident Per Household

BUILD A BIRD FEEDER

10 a.m. to noon Feb 1 

Build a bird feeder and learn about our feathered friends. Venture outside to explore and find winter birds. Bring boots and dress for the weather. Register by Jan 30. Ages 6-12.

Fee: $12 Resident / $18 Nonresident

HOODIE HOO DAY

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb 20

Hoodie Hoo is a holiday in which people go out at noon, wave their hands overhead and say "Hoodie Hoo" to chase winter away. Join us for a winter luau around the campfire. Bring your own picnic and the park district will supply the S'mores. Register by Feb. 18.

Fee: $3 Resident / $5 Nonresident

TREKKIN’ FOR TRACKS

10:30 a.m. to noon Feb 22 

Join Irons Oaks for a tracking adventure to uncover the mysteries of animal tracks. Enjoy hot chocolate around a toasty fire at the end of the program.

Fee: $4 Resident / $6 Nonresident

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