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Programs at the Forest Preserve office at Shannon Bayou
3301 Waldron Road, Aroma Park, Illinois


These programs are co-sponsored by the Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District and the University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the Kankakee County Office at least two weeks prior to the event.


Maple Tree Tapping: February 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m
Join us for an educational, family fun event to learn the history and observe the process of making maple syrup. Learn how to use the maple trees in your yard to make that delicious pancake topping.
Maple Tree Tapping will be held on February 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The program will begin with a presentation at the Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Rd., Aroma Park, IL. The class will be followed by a tree tapping at Aroma Land and Water Preserve, 1578 S Heiland Rd., St Anne, IL.
Due to weather uncertainty, mandatory pre-registration is required by January 22, 2019. Please call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-933-8337 to register. There is no fee for this event.
This workshop will be held both indoors and outside. Please come dressed for the weather.

Certify Your Backyard as a Wildlife Habitat: April 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Learn what it takes to have your backyard certified as a wildlife habitat of Kankakee. Your backyard oasis plays a critical role in helping wildlife survive the pressures of development. The people who create them also get engaged with wildlife in new ways and forge a deeper connection with the natural world.
Getting your backyard certified is relatively easy. You simply need to demonstrate that your yard or garden provides food, water, and cover and places to raise young, and that you also employ some sustainable gardening practices. Many people find that their yards and gardens already satisfy most of the requirements, and they simply need to add a few additional elements such as native plants, bird feeders, a small water feature and nesting boxes.
Bring pictures of your backyard. The Master Naturalists of Kankakee County will review all the specifications. If all requirements are met, you will have the distinct pleasure of being one of the few Certified Wildlife Habitats of Kankakee.
Certify as a Wildlife Habitat will be held on April 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The program will be presented at the Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Rd., Aroma Park, Illinois.
Mandatory pre-registration is required by March 25, 2019. Please call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-933-8337 to register. There is no fee for this event. Space is limited to 20 attendees for this presentation.

Storybook Trail: April 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
The Storybook Trail combines reading with physical fitness. The trail is a walking path around the perimeter of the Shannon Bayou.
Pages from a picture book are framed and posted along the path. To read the whole story, the reader must walk (or run) from one sign to the other. The project was made possible by the George See Memorial, University of Illinois Kankakee County; and the Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve. An activity is planned to accompany the book.
Storybook Trail will be held on April 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The program will be presented at the Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Rd., Aroma Park, Illinois. There is no fee for this event.

Native Pollinators: May 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Native Pollinators: When it comes to pollination, honey bees get a majority of the attention. However, many insects play a role in pollination. Holly Froning, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, will discuss different native pollinators and how to make your landscape attractive to them.
Native Pollinators will be held on May 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The program will be presented at the Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Rd., Aroma Park, Illinois.
Mandatory pre-registration is required by April 24, 2019. Please call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-933-8337 to register. There is no fee for this event. Space is limited to 20 attendees for this presentation.

How to Kill a Tree: July 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Sometimes a homeowner is a trees biggest pest. Holly Froning, Master Gardener Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County, will discuss all the common mistakes homeowners make when planting and maintaining their most valuable landscaping investment, their trees.
How to Kill a Tree will be held on July 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The program will be presented at the Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Rd., Aroma Park, Illinois.
Mandatory pre-registration is required by June 24, 2019. Please call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-933-8337 to register. There is no fee for this event. Space is limited to 20 attendees for this presentation.

Landscaping on the Wild Side; Attracting Wildlife to Your Yard:August 1, 2019  at 10:00 a.m.

Whether they fly, flutter, scoot or scurry, wildlife adds an extra element of excitement to our landscape, especially in winter. Wildlife-friendly landscapes can be beautiful, but with an added dimension of interest. Your landscape becomes a fulfilling leisure activity to share with family and friends as you learn to identify the many different creatures that call your landscape home.
University of Illinois, Kankakee County Master Gardener Coordinator, Holly Froning, will share uncomplicated and undemanding ways to develop an attractive landscape that birds, butterflies, and other wildlife will appreciate.
Landscaping on the Wild Side will be held on August 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The program will be presented at the Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Rd., Aroma Park, Illinois.
Mandatory pre-registration is required by July 25, 2019. Please call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-933-8337 to register. There is no fee for this event. Space is limited to 20 attendees for this presentation.

Living With Wildlife: October 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Living With Wildlife is always a challenge. Raccoons and other wildlife don't necessarily make the best neighbors. For instance, woodchucks can wreak havoc in a garden and raccoons can literally move into your house. Come learn the laws to relocating these unwanted visitors. This workshop will be presented by Holly Froning, Master Gardener Coordinator for University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County. Holly will give suggestions on how to critter proof your home, lawn and garden.
Living With Wildlife will be held on October 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The program will be presented at the Shannon Bayou, 3301 Waldron Rd., Aroma Park, Illinois.
Mandatory pre-registration is required by September 25, 2019. Please call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 815-933-8337 to register. There is no fee for this event. Space is limited to 20 attendees for this presentation.

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1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais

Soil Your Undies Challenge: May 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Want to bring to your classroom a new way to talk about soil health? Come join the Soil your Undies Challenge. You will bury a pair of cotton undies somewhere on your schools grounds in May to be dug up in the fall. If you have good soil health, that means you have the critters and bugs in the soils and things will break down meaning the cotton underwear will break down too. In the fall you will dig up the undies and see what has been feeding on them. The $10.00 fee covers classroom instruction and a pair of 100% pure cotton undies.
Plan to attend Soil Your Undies Challenge at University of Illinois Extension, Kankakee County, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais. For further information or to pre-register, please contact the Extension office at 815-933-8337. Pre-registration is required by April 24, 2019. There is a $10.00 fee for this presentation.

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 -------- Ancient Proverb

Forest Preserves of the Kankakee River Valley
3301 Waldron Road
P.O. Box 13
Aroma Park, Illinois 60910
815-935-5630

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