Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve and Nature Center

247 Monee Road
Park Forest, IL 60466


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Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve

Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve is a 985 acre oak-hickory woodland dotted with vernal ponds and dissected by Thorn Creek and its tributary streams. Over 3-1/2 miles of trails meander through woodland, floodplain forest, scenic ravines, and pine plantations. The trail leads past a vernal pond to marshy Owl Lake and on to a wetland overlook. The preserve also shelters the historic Hornicek Farm old-field habitat, and restored prairie.

Thorn Creek Woods Nature Center

Thorn Creek Woods Nature Center offers hands-on experience through classes and workshops for children and adults including learning bird calls and making birdhouses to identifying owl calls outdoors at night.

The Junior Ecologists Club program of monthly workshops has informed and entertained children with all sorts of Nature-related projects year after year.

The Nature Center also presents concerts by local musicians.

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