Escape from holiday season stress at Will County forest preserve centers

Spend Earth Day with the Forest Preserve District of Will County by attending an Earth Day Fest at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook. The event will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, and will include hands-on activities, demonstrations, vendors and giveaways.

De-stress and explore this holiday season with Forest Preserve District of Will County programs. Online registration is available on the Event Calendar at reconnectwithnature.org. Here is the lineup:

Museum Campus Exploration Days: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. Drop in for self-guided exploration of the campus. Visit the 18th century-era traders cabin or peek inside the Native American longhouse. Learn about the French fur traders and Potawatomi who once called this area home.

The Natural World Art Exhibit: Museum hours, Friday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Jan. 26, at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook. Take a break from the grays and whites of winter and become immersed in a world of color. Hidden Oaks and the Bolingbrook Arts Council curated this exhibit, which will feature nature-themed works by local artists. Vote for your favorite to award the People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice awards.

Upcycled Holiday Crafts: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township. Drop in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to craft paper, magazines, fabric and other materials destined for the landfill into a variety of holiday decorations. Make gifts for yourself or others. Materials will be provided. Free, ages 5 or older.

Meet a Beekeeper: noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, Plum Creek Nature Center. Meet Mike Rusnak, a local beekeeper with 15 years of experience, to discuss the art of beekeeping. Pick up specific beekeeping tips or simply learn more about the world of bees. Free, all ages.