Forest Preserve District of Will County news briefs


The Bruce Road Pedestrian Tunnel has been constructed and work will now begin on the 167th Street Tunnel as the District of Forest Preserve continues to build a 3.5-mile section of the Homer Township Veterans Memorial Trail in Lockport. The project will require the closure of 167th Street for 30 days beginning July 5. (Photo by Forest Preserve staff | Chad Merda)

Summer is here and the Forest Preserve District of Will County is bursting with programs and projects. Here are the latest titles from the District:

The trail for all will be unveiled on July 9 at the Four Rivers for All Abilities event

The Four Rivers for All Abilities event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. Visitors who wish to participate in a sensory hike and a craft activity must register for one of the three sessions. The sensory hike will last 25 minutes and will take place along the new Sentier Tout-Personnel. The trail includes five interactive, multi-sensory display panels, and visitors with visual or cognitive impairments can use portable audio units that will provide narration of the trail. Participants will stop for an activity at each interpretive panel. The all-person trail features tactile paving, which lets visually impaired visitors know when to stop for an interpretive panel, and tactile panels for guests who learn best by touch.

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167th Street will close starting July 5 for Veterans Memorial Trail tunnel work

Work on a new section of the Veterans Memorial Trail will result in a 30-day closure of 167th Street in Homer Township beginning July 5. The closure is necessary to allow contractors to build a pedestrian tunnel under the street.

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Wauponsee Glacial Trail work delayed by quarry strike

As soon as a strike by local quarry workers ends, the Forest Reserve will scramble to get the crushed limestone it needs to complete restoration work on the Wauponsee Glacier Trail from Symerton to Route 113 in Custer Park .

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Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook reopens with ‘Visions of Nature’ art exhibit

After a short hiatus, Hidden Oaks Nature Center will reopen to the public on July 6 as it hosts its first exhibit under Forest Preserve District ownership. The “Visions of Nature” art exhibit is organized by the Morton Arboretum Nature Artists Guild and will run from July 6 through July 31 during Visitor Center hours, either from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday noon. Admission to the exhibition is free.

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Isle à la Cache hosts the Romeoville Art Society exhibition in July

Nineteen artists are participating in the Romeoville Art Society’s “Art a la Cache – Art in Nature” from July 1-31. The art society’s traveling miniature art gallery will also be part of the exhibit.

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Closure of Four Rivers site in Channahon for paving works

The Four Rivers Environmental Education Center and McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove in Channahon will be closed July 6-8 and additional dates in July for paving work.

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Show off your fishing skills this summer with the Big Fish Contest at Monee Reservoir

Step up your fishing game this summer by entering the Forest Preserve Big Fish Contest at Monee Reservoir. The competition runs from July 1 to August 31.

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