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Forest Preserve District offers activities all summer long

SPONSORED • Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 3:56 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:28 a.m. CST

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers special events, facilities, trails and recreation opportunities for everyone.

Among the special events this summer is Woods Walk, the forest preserve’s annual hiking program, now in its fourteenth year.

Woods Walk began on June 1 and runs through October 31. It offers an opportunity to take in the scenery, get some fresh air and get a little exercise in.

Participants will receive a collector’s medal for their walking stick, hat or backpack if you complete trails at seven of the 10 designated sites. If you complete all 10 sites, you’ll get a second special gift.

For those interested in paddling through the preserves, the forest preserve will offer several Paddle the Preserves sessions on June 20, July 18, and Aug. 16. The programs are open to experienced kayakers at least 12-years-old, though ages 12 through 17 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $10 per person and pre-registration is strongly recommended. Call (708) 534-8499 to register. Staff will lead tours.

Private kayak instruction is offered for $40 per hour for those ages 12-years-old and older. An adult must accompany ages 12 to 17.

Another popular event at Forest Preserve District of Will County is Music at McKinley. The Forest Preserve and JULIE, Inc. will host this free, outdoor concert and car show on August 16 at McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove in Channahon. The all-ages concert will feature Cadillac Casanovas from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The car show begins at 6 p.m.

Learn more about all the Forest Preserve District of Will County has to offer at

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