McDonald Woods Wildflower Walk
Spend part of Earth Day exploring Mary Mix McDonald Woods, a Protected content rare remnant of the oak woodlands that were once common in northeastern Illinois. April is a special time in the woods to see the rich variety of spring-blooming ephemeral flowers.
This will be a guided tour, and a short walk. trails here connected to cook county forest preserves, you can choose to explore more on North Branch trail after the walk. in fact, you can bike from the city if you are a brave soul. As some one co-workers do so daily.
Depending on the weather, there might be wet lands dress accordingly.
Here is the link to learn more about the amazing McDonald Woods so you can explore more should you choose to do so.
Here are an article on tribune about Mary McDonald who left a legacy for cook county.
Please note that this is part of the Unearth Science Festival in Botanic garden. There will be plenty of other events in the garden during earth day weekends, many are family oriented.
You can Learn about various guided free walking tours on the Garden website.
Please consider car pool, take Metra and plan your visit using Chicago Botanic Garden's website.
The meeting point is on the West side of the garden, in front of the woods. Please ask the garden staffs if needed. There is a wooden structure in front of the woods makes it easy to spot. I have included a second photo to show how the entrance looks like.
If the weather is nice, there will be crowds for Earth day events. Walk may be crowded as well so please try to get there early.
I would love to be there and I would try, but I am sorry if I am unable to attend. Either way, I know you will not be disappointed with the beautiful Mary McDonald woods.
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