Winterfest at Russell Woods

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Winterfest at Russell Woods Forest Preserve

January 19, 2019 (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM )

Russell Woods Forest Preserve
11750 IL – 72
Genoa, IL 60135 (DeKalb County)

Join Peggy Doty, Energy and Environment Educator and Master Naturalist as they share with you Russell Woods Nature Resource Education Center and all is has to offer. Also, enjoy the winter scenery from the comfort of a horse drawn wagon.


at the Natural Resource Education Center

Saturday, January 19, 2019


9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ~ Crafts & Activities

Make and take crafts with helpful volunteers available to assist. (Large Room)


9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ~ Digital Scavenger Hunt

See how many items from our scavenger hunt you can “shoot” with your phone or camera.

The hunt will take you inside and outside the center. (Starts in the Hallway)


9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ~ Un-Natural Nature Trail

Walk the paved path and see how many of the picture riddles you can figure out.

Each picture refers to an actual thing in nature.  (Starts in the Hallway)


9:30 to 11:30 a.m. ~ Face Painting

Have a nature item painted on your face or hand.  (Large Room)


10:00 am Family Hike

Take an interpretive, staff led hike through Russell Woods.

(Meet Out Front)


10:00 am to 12:00 noon ~ Candle Making

Volunteers will be on hand to assist in the making of hand-dipped candles

(One per person, please)  (Outside in the front circle)


10:30 a.m. ~ Story Time

Join Jacob Handel as he reads The Mitten by Jan Brett.  Children are invited to help

act out the book with our puppets.  (Little Seeds Library)


11:00 a.m. ~ Black Bear Program

Tina Dawson Scott, of Boone County Conservation District, an Education Outreach Speaker by the North American Bear Center in Ely, MN.  Tina will be sharing her experiences with these misunderstood creatures in this one-hour presentation.  (Small Room)


11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ~ Snacks & Lunch

Available for purchase from the Genoa Prairie Gems 4-H Club

(Please help support the 4-H kids)


11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ~ Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Enjoy the winter scenery of Russell Woods Forest Preserve from the comfort of a horse drawn wagon.

(Pick-up and drop-off in front of the Natural Resource Education Center)


2:00 pm Family Hike

End the day with an interpretive family hike through

the forest preserve.  (Meet outside)

Google Map

Your host : Stephen Haberkorn