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‘Where the Wildflowers Are’ Spring Hikes Series Underway

Spring Beauties at Raccoon Grove.

Spring Beauties at Raccoon Grove. Photo credit Glenn P Knoblock.

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is hosting an ongoing series of Where the Wildflowers Are hikes at multiple locations to showcase the bounty of beautiful flowers that bloom in the preserves. The free 90-minute hikes began in March. Upcoming ones include McKinley Woods–Frederick’s Grove, in Channahon, at 10 a.m. on April 27 and June 8 and Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, also in Channahon, at 1:30 p.m., May 4.

Scheduling the wildflower walks as a series this year is new. “It makes sense for us to group similar programs across the county under the same name with the preserve location added for ease of use,” explains Heather Van Zyl, an interpretive naturalist at the Forest Preserve’s Plum Creek Nature Center. 

Van Zyl says wildflowers can bring joy to those that view them. “The wildflowers are so special, especially in the spring when they are so fleeting. They are significant to the interconnectedness of their habitats, and have been used as important food, medicine and ritual sources throughout time.”

For more information or to register (required), go to the Will County Forest Preserve District’s  event calendar at