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Critter Night coming to the Shawnee National Forest

Shawnee National Forest, Friends of the Shawnee National Forest and Unimin Corporation, present “Critter Night.” This free, family event at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro, Illinois takes place Friday, October 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Learn about Illinois’ nocturnal animals while enjoying an evening outdoors with friends and family. Kids can practice their skill as a wildlife biologist at the “bat cave” and see first-hand the tools used in monitoring bats. Take a hike around the pond on a nature trail, do crafts or listen to nighttime sounds, as you explore a variety of activity stations. Special guest speaker Bev Shofstall of Free Again Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will enchant with a live animal presentation.

All ages are welcome. For more information or to pre-register a large group (Scouts, 4-H, etc.), please call Shawnee National Forest at 618-833-8576.

About Shawnee National Forest

Administered by the USDA Forest Service, Shawnee National Forest is one of 155 national forests nationwide. As the only national forest in Illinois, the Shawnee offers numerous avenues for connecting with the natural world through its 280,000 acres of varied landscape. Whether your interests lie more in outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking or camping, or include learning about the unique natural and cultural heritage of southern Illinois, the fields, forests and streams of the Shawnee welcome you. To discover more about the Shawnee National Forest, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/shawnee. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/shawneenf and Facebook via https://www.facebook.com/shawneenatlforest.