Ferns, forest hike, ecosystem focus of Giant City events
Three events are scheduled at Giant City State Park near Makanda.
Extension Forester Chris Evans plans to conduct a two-part fern workshop. An indoor presentation will take place on Thursday, July 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that will inform park-goers about the different varieties of ferns at the park.
The workshop will continue on Saturday, July 23, with a trail hike from 9 a.m. to noon. The hike will give the participants an opportunity to identify the different species of ferns.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but those planning to participate are asked to register by calling 618-457-4836.
A forest hike is planned with guide Jennifer Behnken on the Giant City Nature Trail for Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Behnken will discuss tree identification, Illinois forests, wood products, cultural history, and invasive species. No registration is required.
Discovering Decomposition is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is geared towards ages 12-18.
The program will offer an in-depth look at the animals and other organisms that clean up the forest ecosystem.
Park volunteer and insect enthusiast Alex Holmes will give participants a hands-on look at the life that inhabits a composting bin, then will highlight decomposers in action along one of the park’s many trails.
Organizers ask that participants bring a full water bottle, shoes for hiking and rain wear if the weather is damp.
To register for the program, call the Giant City Visitors Center at 618-457-4836.