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CANCELED DUE TO HEAT Family Night: Treasure Hunt at Oakwoods

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

Follow a treasure map to collect clues and earn a small prize! This program will be hosted at the Oakwoods Nature Preserve.  Families will receive a treasure map at the Discovery Center and can return their completed list there for a small prize. This program is presented with the Hancock Parks District. In the event […]

Mud Pies under the Full Moon

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

Come ready to explore mud, head to toe, so dress in things that can get dirty! Mud pies will be made and adorned with natural items like stones, sticks, grass, and flowers. Mud pies will be placed in the Nature Play Area. Afterward, get clean in the bubble pool. Suggested items to bring are a […]

Free
Archery Instruction

Archery Open Shoot

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

Have you taken one of the Hancock Park District’s introductory archery courses? If so, and if you want more archery practice, then here is your chance. A Hancock Park District certified archery instructor will supervise the archery practice session. All necessary equipment and targets will be provided. Meet at Dold Lake.  This archery program is […]

$10.00

Little Hands Nature Club: Baby Animals

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

There are many kinds of baby animals you might find in the park. Join Hancock Park District as they will be looking at the homes they might have and what they need to eat. Should we touch or just take a picture? A matching game of animal moms and babies will be available to play. […]

Free

Summertime Sleepers

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

You have probably heard of hibernation, but have you heard of estivation? Estivation is when an animal sleeps the summer away. First, join Hancock Park District to learn about what estivation is and why animals do it. A book will be read regarding the subject. Then go outside to continue our discussion about estivation and […]

Free

Ice Cream in a Bag

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

Creating food is fun and delicious, but it is also science. We will become food scientists and use chemistry to discover how ice cream is made. First, join Hancock Park District for a talk about the science of creating food and about the history of ice cream. Then we will use science to create our […]

$5.00
Water Games

Water Games

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

July means warm weather and hopefully sunny skies, so join Hancock Park District and cool off with a variety of water games. Play catch and tag with our super-soaker balls or play games like Sleeping Miser, Sponge Head Relay Race, and Defend the Kiddie Pool. Go “fishing” in our kiddie pool for fish and other […]

Free
How to Make a Toad House

How to Make a Toad House

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

Invite a toad to take up residence in your garden or yard by building it a home. Toads are important to have around because they like to eat pests, such as grubs, slugs, and insects. Join Hancock Park District and use recycled items, including milk jugs and soda bottles to make the toad house. Meet […]

Free

Planetarium: Mars Mythology

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

The mythological heroes and gods of Greek tales are present throughout our solar system. Many planets are named after these figures of legends, such as the planet Mars. We will talk about the attributes of the planet Mars along with the history of its namesake, the Greek god Aries. Participants are required to sit on […]

Free

Little Hands Nature Club: Under the Ground

Oakwoods Nature Preserve

There is a world full of life right under our feet. There are animals and plants burrowing and growing. Our explorations will take place at a variety of stations, including Amazing Ant Builders, Food from the Ground, Mole Mittens, and the Excavation Station. Adult companions must remain with children for this program. Meet at the […]

Free