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Original: Riverwoods-12/5/07, Wed./Ryerson Conservation Area (lt. to rt.) Carrie Bychwald/Linconshire, and Kristen Randall/Linconshire, take advantage of the fresh snow on the trails at Ryerson. Joe Shuman/For Pioneer Press Published: WINTER WONDERLAND Carrie Bychwald, left, of Lincolnshire and Kristen Randall, of Lincolnshire, take advantage of last week’s snow fall on trails at Ryerson Woods Conservation Area. — Joe Shuman/For Pioneer Press

Introduction to
Cross-Country Skiing

Saturday, Feb. 1

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

847-968-3308
www.brushwoodcenter.org

An REI Outdoor School instructor will show the basics of starting, stopping, turning and gliding across the snow on cross-country skis. After the skill-building session, go out on the trail to practice and discover a great way to get outside in the winter! Equipment will be provided for class use. (Snow must be four inches or more to ski.) Admission: $25

Owl Prowl Nature Walk

Friday, Feb. 21

7-9 p.m.

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

21850 N. Riverwoods Road, Deerfield, IL 60015

847-968-3308
www.brushwoodcenter.org/nature-classes.html

Join Steve Bailey, ornithologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, for a captivating night exploring the mystery of owls at Ryerson Woods. He will discuss owl behavior and identification, as well as the places these fascinating birds are most likely to be seen. He may even demonstrate his world-famous Barred Owl call. After the discussion, Steve will lead a walk in the woods to look and listen for these enigmatic birds. Register today. Admission: $37.00

Guided Tours at Volo Bog

Ongoing most Saturdays and Sundays

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Volo Bog State Natural Area

28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside, IL 60050

815-344-1294
dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R2/VOLOBOG.HTM

While we may be ready for signs of spring: if winter begins to wane, Volo Bog clings tightly to the cold. Layers of peat act as insulation against the thaw. Dormant winter shrubs and deciduous tamarack conifers await a warming of their roots to begin again their active life. Deer tracks, rabbit scat and the meandering footprints of raccoons all reveal activity. Join a guided tour of this fascinating ecosystem — Illinois’ only remaining open-water quaking bog — a National Natural Landmark. These public bog tours are open to individuals, families and small groups without reservations. Groups of 10 or more: phone for special arrangements. Tours are about one hour.

Astronomy Nights at Volo Bog State Natural Area Third Fridays

Ongoing Fridays

7:30/8:30/9:30 p.m.

Volo Bog State Natural Area

28478 W. Brandenburg Road, Ingleside, IL 60041
815-344-1294
www.friendsofvolobog.org

The Lake County Astronomical Society meets at Volo Bog State Natural Area on the 3rd Friday of each month except in December. A 7:30 p.m. business meeting is followed by an indoor presentation at 8:30 p.m. and viewing, if skies are clear, about 9:30 p.m. The public is always welcome (except August but memberships are available). Visit www.lcas-astronomy.org for more info on the society.

*Information may change. Contact event producers to verify. Visit www.visitlakecounty.org for more.