Winter offerings at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center

2012-12-13T17:30:00Z 2012-12-13T18:33:04Z Winter offerings at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning CenterFor The Times
December 13, 2012 5:30 pm  • 

FLOSSMOOR | The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District in conjunction with the Olympia Fields Park District presents the following winter offerings at Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, 20000 Western Ave., in Olympia Fields. For more information call (708) 481-2330.

Snowman Contest

Dec. 1-Jan. 31

Come out and build a snowman between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 to win. Biodegradable and natural items only. Fill out an entry form at the main office and inform the office staff of your snowman 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.

Free: Museum Discovery Days

Saturdays, Dec. 15, Jan. 19 and Feb. 23

Chase away the winter blues at the all new Discovery Day program held at the Irons Oaks museum. Join us for a variety of nature-related activities suitable for the whole family. Art projects, self-guided activities and hot chocolate round up this free, drop-in program. Visitors park in the Vollmer Road lot.

Winter Birds 12-3 p.m.

Animal Adaptations 1-4 p.m.

Tricky Tracks 1-4 p.m.

Homeschool Days

Wednesdays, Jan. 9 and Feb. 13

2-4 p.m.

Join other homeschool students as we explore the natural world through activities, hikes and games. Each month is a different theme and two groups are formed based on age. Registration closes the Monday prior to the program. Ages 4-16. Themes: Jan. 9 - Track Detectives; Feb. 13 - Outrageous Owls.

Codes: 493303-01 through 493303-03.

Fee: $4 Resident / $6 Nonresident

Free: Winter Walks

Fridays, Jan. 11 and Feb. 8

10-11 a.m.

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 and older. Codes: 492726-01 and 492726-02.

Trekkin’ for Tracks

Jan. 19

10:30-12 p.m.

Join us for a tracking adventure to uncover the mysteries of animal tracks. We’ll enjoy hot chocolate around a toasty fire at the end of the program. Code: 492727-03.

Fee: $4 Resident / $6 Nonresident

Build a Birdfeeder Workshop

Jan. 21

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Spend your day off of school at Irons Oaks and learn about birds. Spend some time in the Discovery Center building a bird feeder and learning about our feathered friends, and then venture outside to explore and find winter birds. Bring boots and dress for the weather. Ages 6-12, register by Jan. 17. Code: 492507-02.

Fee: $12 Resident / $18 Nonresident

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Jan. 21

1-2 p.m.

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 is per family. Code: 492702-04.

Household Fee: $5 Resident / $7.50 Nonresident

Family Winter Wonders

Jan. 26

10:30-12 p.m.

The winter landscape may look barren and lifeless, but looks can be deceiving. We’ll search for signs of wildlife, hidden spring leaves, and learn some interesting facts about snow. We’ll enjoy hot chocolate around a toasty fire at the end of the program. Code: 492702-01.

Fee: $4 Resident / $6 Nonresident

Hoodie Hoo Day: Chase Away Winter

Feb. 20

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hoodie Hoo is a holiday in which people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and say “hoodie hoo” to chase winter away. Come to Irons Oaks to participate in a celebration. Join us for a winter luau around the campfire. Bring a picnic and we’ll supply the s’mores. Register by Feb. 16. Code: 492727-01.

Fee: $3 Resident / $4.50 Nonresident

Maple Syrup Harvest

Feb. 23

9 a.m.-Noon

Come on out and enjoy this age-old tradition. We’ll discuss the methods and tools of tree tapping, as well as collection and making of maple syrup. Code: 492727-04.

Cross Country Skiing


8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Open Saturday mornings when there is 4 or more inches of snow, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Irons Oaks has ski rentals. Skis can be used on or off site in 4 or more inches of snow.

Fee: Weekday $10 / Weekend $15

Ski Lessons


8 a.m.-5p.m.

Evenings/weekends are available upon request by Friday afternoon. Minimum of three people per lesson required. Lessons will cover the basics of sizing you for your skis, how to move forward, turning and getting up from a fall. Call in advance to make sure an instructor is available.

Fee: One hour $10 per person plus ski rental.

Moonlight Ski

Tuesdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29; Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26

6-7:30 p.m.

Call Irons Oaks at (708) 481-2330 for event locations.

Enjoy the beautiful Homewood-Flossmoor and Olympia Fields parks during a peaceful night ski by the light of the moon. Irons Oaks will provide skis. Need your shoe size and height at time of registration, to properly fit you for skis. This program will run Tuesdays from Jan. 8 to Feb. 26, when there is 4 or more inches of snow. Turn your skis in that night or keep them and return them to Irons Oaks the next day. Codes: 492304-09 through 492304-16.

Fee: $10 Resident / $15 Nonresident

Cross Country Ski School

Saturdays, Jan. 19 and 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23

10-11:30 a.m.

Learn the basics of cross country skiing. Program includes ski rentals through Monday. Ski school runs every Saturday Jan. 19 through Feb. 23 when there is 4 or more inches of snow. On Jan. 19 and Feb. 9, Ski School will occur with or without snow. Register by the Friday prior to class. Ages 10 and older. Codes: 492304-01 through 492304-06.

Fee: $16 Resident / $24 Nonresident

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