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Hidden Ponds in Thorn Creek Woods

Wetland Overlook Thorn Creek Nature Preserve
View from the Wetland Overlook of one of the many hidden ponds on Thorn Creek Nature Preserve trails. Join the guided Hidden Ponds Hike on Saturday, June 15 from 1-3 p.m. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Join us for a guided tour of the wet areas of Thorn Creek Woods on our Hidden Ponds Hike, Saturday, June 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. Discover vernal ponds, listen for the return of amphibian choruses and explore the marshes of Owl Lake and beyond. These low-lying areas provide vital habitat for woodland creatures and are an integral part of the Thorn Creek ecosystem. Participants will enjoy a 3-mile hike on natural surface trails across uneven terrain.

The hike is free and for those aged 10 years and up. Registration is required.

Bring the family out and enjoy 3 ½ miles of trails through Thorn Creek Nature Preserve and then top your day off by exploring Thorn Creek Nature Center. The nature center offers a bird viewing window, children’s science corner, exhibits for children and adults, and our Eugene Schwartz Memorial Library packed with books on local history and nature. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk and the nature center is open Friday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, at 708-747-6320 or [email protected]. Visit our new website at

This is a release from the Thorn Creek Nature Center.