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SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST CALENDAR OF EVENTS MARCH – JUNE 2017

March

Shawnee Volunteer Corp Workdays

Panther Den Trailhead

Saturday, March 25

Saturday, April 15

Saturday, May 13

9 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Want to learn what goes into constructing and maintaining trails? Join the Forest Service as we work to improve trails in Panther Den Wilderness. Tools and safety gear will be provided. No experience necessary. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 618-833-8576.

April

2017 Spring Ozark Tours

Hidden Springs Ranger Station

Vienna

Saturday, April 29

8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Cost $40/person and includes

transportation, lunch, guides &

a t-shirt. Join experienced guides for the 2017 Spring Ozark Tour of wildflowers and waterfalls. Tour participants will visit Bulge Hole (weather dependent), Phantoms Canyon Falls at Camp Ondessonk, and go “through the rabbit hole” to visit Horse Cave in Schwegman Hollow. Illinois Botanizer Chris Benda will be on hand for wildflower identification. Extensive hiking will be required and participants should wear sturdy boots, dress for the weather and bring comfort items, such as water and trail snacks. For more information or to register visit www.illinoisozarks.com, email info@illinoisozarks.com or call 618-499-9174. This event is made possible through a partnership with the Illinois Ozarks, Saline County Tourism, Gallatin County Tourism and River to River Trail Society.

May

Young Trekkers

Lincoln Memorial Picnic Ground

Jonesboro

Mondays, May 1, 8, 15

3 p.m. — 4 p.m.

This afterschool program encourages children to get outdoors and discover the wonders of the world around them. Each Monday, we will journey to uncover the biodiversity in our very own backyards! Pre-registration is required. Sign up for one or for all dates. Geared for grades 1st – 5th.

Fishing Derbies

Saturday, May 20th

8:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

*Pennant Bar – Pond #4

Grantsburg

Saturday, May 20th

8:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Oakwood Bottoms Interpretive Site

Grand Tower

Kids ages 5 through 15 are invited to a Fishing Derby. Learn to fish and have fun with games and crafts. Children will sign up by age for fishing and casting contests. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in different fishing categories. Some bait will be provided. Must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch will be provided. Registration begins at 8 a.m. * Please bring chairs or blankets to sit on for lunch.

June

Arborwild!

Evergreen Park

Carbondale

Tuesday, June 6

9 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Children and their families are invited to learn about recycling, fishing, birding, mammals, cultural heritage and wildland fires. Each year, new programs, activities and crafts are featured, so come discover something new!