During May, songbirds migrating from South America pass through our area on their way to breeding grounds in the forests of Canada. These tiny travelers use forest preserves as stopover spots to rest and refuel. Join us to learn the secrets of these birds’ extraordinary journeys during guided hikes, family activities and presentations.

Schedule of events

  • 9-9:45 a.m.: Keynote speaker Joel Greenberg will present “On Contested Ground: The Changing Nature of the Prairie Forest Ecotone.” Explore the plants, birds and other wildlife of the area and how their statuses have changed since Europeans first arrived in 1673. Greenberg will also be selling and signing copies of his book.
  • 9-9:45 a.m.: Guided family bird hikes
  • 10-10:30 a.m.: Hoo’s Woods live raptor presentation
  • 10:30-11 a.m.: Mini guided bird hike
  • 10:30-11:45 a.m.: Extended guided bird hike
  • 11-11:30 a.m.: Hoo’s Woods live raptor presentation
  • Noon - 12:30 p.m.: Hoo’s Woods live raptor presentation
  • 12:30-1 p.m.: Mini guided bird hike

Ongoing activities will include self-guided tours of the birding trail; crafts and family activities; a wildlife photography exhibit featuring local artists Eileen Capodice, Mike Nagrocki and Matthew Zook; information booths for the Will County Audubon Society and The Nature Foundation of Will County; birdhouses and sculptures for sale from PK’s Wood Things; and food truck fare for sale from Lil’ Deb’s Mobile Eats.


No registration required.

Four Rivers is a fully accessible building. Hikes will be up to 0.5 miles and take place on both paved and natural trails over uneven terrain. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.

W. Walnut Lane 25055
Channahon 41° 25' 46.11" N, 88° 13' 43.2264" W
Start date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 11:00
End date: 
Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 15:00