Community Programs

Join us for great community programs.  Most programs meet in the Vollmer Road Parking Lot.  Many programs require pre-registration.  Call for more information.  708-481-2330.

See you at the Oaks!

 

Treetop Adventures
6/21/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 

 


Outdoor Reading Club
6/28/2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Summer reading shouldn't be boring!  Join us this summer as you read and we discuss the characters, plot and themes of the book The Secret Garden.  Hike the grounds of hidden flowers and make seed balls to take home to grow your own secret garden.

Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Road Parking Lot

Fee:  $4R/$5NR

Age:  10-14


Treetop Adventures
6/28/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.


Treetop Adventures
7/5/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 


Picture This!
7/7/2018 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Grab your phone, iPad, digital camera or other device and join us for this family fun activity!  You will be given a scavenger hunt list and a set amount of time before you are off to explore the forest.  Find as many things as you can on the list and take a picture of each.  Your photos and family memories are yours to keep! 

Location:  Irons Oaks Vollmer Road Parking Lot

Fee $4R/$5NR 

Age 2+


Thoreau Thursday
7/12/2018 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Let the beauty of the natural surroundings at Irons oaks inspire poetry during a writing workshop on July 12th, the 201st birthday of nature poet Henry David Thoreau.  We'll explore the grounds of Irons Oaks for inspiration and practice writing techniques for tapping into your inner-poet.  Bring a spiral notebook and pencil.

Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Road Parking Lot

Fee:  $4R/$5NR

Age:  10-14


Treetop Adventures
7/12/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 


Rappelling 101
7/17/2018 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Our highly trained Irons Oaks facilitators can teach you how to rappel.  Come on out and hang around while you learn to float in air!

Location:  Irons Oaks Climbing Tower

Fee:  $10 per person

Age:  8+


Treetop Adventures
7/19/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 


Illinois State Of Mind
7/21/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Learn all about our fabulous state symbols through games, activities, crafts and more!  We will explore the state bird, state insect, state mammal, state tree, state flower and more to learn about why these state residents are so important.

Location:  Irons Oaks Vollmer Road Parking Lot

Fee: $4R/$5NR

Age: 8-12

 


Tree Seekers
7/21/2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

After a group meeting and an observational hike with a naturalist, spend some time alone journaling and drawing under the cool shade of a tree of your choice.  Regroup to share what you observed with your fellow tree seekers.

Location:  Irons Oaks Vollmer Road Parking Lot

Fee:  $4R/$5NR

Age:  16+

 


Treetop Adventures
7/26/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 


Full Moon Celebration
7/27/2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Celebrate the full moon by taking an evening hike while enjoying gentle music provided by Naturalist and Musician, Ingrid.  Explore the trails and learn about evening in the summer.  The evening ends with a campfire , music and marshmallows.

 

Location: Irons Oaks Vollmer Rad Parking Lot

Fee: $4R/$5NR

Age 4+


Outdoor Reading Club
7/31/2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Summer reading shouldn't be boring!  Join us this summer as you read and we discuss the characters, plot and themes of the book Hatchet.  Hike the grounds and explore some of the survival challenges the main character faced after he is stranded alone in the Canadian wilderness.

Location:  Irons Oaks Vollmer Road Parking Lot

Fee:  $4R/$5NR

Age:  10-14


Treetop Adventures
8/2/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 


Bubble-ology
8/8/2018 - 3:30PM - 4:30PM

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! Have fun while learning about bubbles!!  Please wear clothes that can get soapy and wet and bring a towel.  An adult must accompany child.

Age:2-10

Fee: $8R/$10NR

 


Treetop Adventures
8/9/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 


National S'mores Day
8/10/2018 - 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Celebrate National S'mores Day at Irons Oaks enjoying our favorite gooey treat of marshmallow, graham crackers and chocolate.  Roast marshmallows over the fire.  Stay and enjoy a guided hike, leaving every 1/2 hour.

Fee:  FREE


Treetop Adventures
8/16/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 


A Walk In The Oaks
8/21/2018 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Take a light nature hike with a Naturalist to learn about the majestic remnant oak woodland that is unique to this area.

Age- 4+

Fee- FREE

Meet in the Vollmer Road Parking Lot

 


Treetop Adventures
8/23/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 


Mindfulness Walk
8/25/2018 - 10am - 11am

Are you looking for ways to release stress? Spiritual Director and Naturalist Deborah Way will lead you through mindfulness exercises and walking techniques that will refresh your peace and calm your mind.  Please register by August 23.

Location:  Irons Oaks Vollmer Road parking Lot

Fee:         $8R/$10NR

Age:         18+


Treetop Adventures
8/30/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.

 


Treetop Adventures
9/6/2018 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Experience the forest from a whole new perspective, 30 feet up in the canopy with the birds! The High Ropes Course is a series of ropes, cables, boards, obstacle crossings and more! Whether you are overcoming a fear of heights or just looking for a new adventure, this program accommodates all. Pre-register by noon on Thursday.

All participants must be in 7th grade or higher and have an Irons Oaks Adventure Center waiver signed to participate. All participants must wear sturdy closed shoes. Please dress to be outdoors for the duration of the program.

$20 Residents/$30 Non-Residents.