Affordable summer fun for family and friends. Well, put tent camping in DeKalb County at the top of that list. At a cost of $4 per tent there simply isn’t a better bargain for your enjoyment dollars than a campsite at Russell and MacQueen Forest Preserves along the Much to Do on Route 72 corridor in northern DeKalb County.
Russell Woods Forest Preserve on the western outskirts of Genoa may be the county’s most popular parks. The popularity is expected to grow when the adjacent South Branch Prairie and the Hoppe Heritage Heritage with the authentic 1835 Miller-Ellwood cabin opens in late 2012 or 2013. Russell is picturesque in all four seasons and is a hiker, runner or cyclist’s dream. Fishing the Kish or skipping rocks or learning something at the Natural Resource Education Center. Read more →
St. Mary’s School is proud to host the 1st annual Russell Hustle 5K Trail Run and 2K kids run/adult walk at Russell Woods this Saturday, April 14th. The 5K Trail Run begins at 9AM and the 2K kids run/adult walk kicks off at 10AM. Registration available now here.
Come be part of DeKalb County’s First Trail Run in its premier Forest Preserve. Run winding through native growth timber on wide trails and single track as well as on prairie trail along the Kishwaukee River. Some trails are rustic and with steep inclines to test your mettle. And based on the forecast at this point, be prepared as there maybe some mud! They will run, rain or shine. The 2K Run/Walk also travels through the woods on the main lane; flat and even, but still beautiful. There will be a water stop at the half way point of both races and at the end.
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Start the Mother’s Day weekend off right this Saturday with a Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk at the Natural Resource Center in Russell Woods Forest Preserve. The walk will be held Saturday, May 7th from 10 am – 2:00 pm. The DeKalb County Forest Preserve District will lead the Wildflower Walk at the Natural Resource Center in Russell Woods Forest Preserve, 11750 State Rt. 72 in Genoa.
On Sunday, O’Leary’s Mothers Day Brunch is back! Come to O’Leary’s between 9am – 2pm for a huge buffet brunch especially for Mother’s Day. Reservations are encouraged, please call 815-748-0000 to reserve your spot. Don’t miss DeKalb’s finest Brunch Buffet. Complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa for all adults. $18.95 for Adults, $9.95 for children under 10 and children under 4 are free. Click here to see full buffet menu. Visit their website now.
Mother’s Day Brunch will also be offered at Timber Creek Inn & Suites in Sandwich on Sunday, May 8th from 10am – 2pm. Prices are $17.95 – Adults, $10.95 – ages 10 & under and kids under 3 are free. View Menu online. Click here for more information and reservations.
A Masonic Mothers Day Breakfast Buffet will be offered on Sunday, May 8, from 9am to 1pm, DeKalb Masonic Temple on Fairview & S. 4th Street. For $8 a person ($4 for kids under 15, $20 for a family) you’ll enjoy: • scrambled eggs• sausage, bacon and ham• hashbrowns• pancakes, french toast and waffles• fresh fruit salad• biscuits and gravy• bagels with cream cheese• assorted juices• assorted cereals• coffee and milk. Come on out and bring mom to the one place where you’re guaranteed not to have to wait!
After food, how about a museum visit? Mother’s Day at Midwest Museum of Natural History is a special day. In honor of mothers, all moms and grandmothers will enjoy free admission on Mother’s Day from 12-5:00 pm.
The Midwest Museum of Natural History is located at 425 West State Street in Sycamore. Visit their website
The DeKalb Forest Preserve will be holding ‘Winterfest 2010′ in Genoa this Saturday, January 15th. Enjoy the annual outdoors event with your family this Saturday at the Natural Resource Center in Russell Woods Forest Preserve. The event is free and open to the public.
Winterfest starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with a bird behaviors and identification session, where families can learn techniques for how to identify birds by their adaptations and behaviors. Starting at the same time is the ongoing craft session where kids can make and take home their homemade projects.
After the bird-watching session, families can go on a hike with staff members through Russell Woods, which begins at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., kids can participate in a fire-making session, where they can learn how Native Americans started fires using a bow drill and tinder. A rope-making session is also offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where kids can learn how rope pioneers made rope. From 10 a.m. to noon, families can make hand-dipped candles.
Staff will be reading the “The Mitten” by children’s author Jan Brett at 2 p.m. Phil Nielsen of Waterman will also be providing horse-drawn wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day will wrap up with a final family hike through the woods beginning at 3:30 p.m. The local Prairie Gems 4-H Club from Genoa will be selling lunch and snack items from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a club fundraiser.
While the event is free, any donations are accepted. Typically, donations help the Natural Resource Center break even for the cost of the event. The Natural Resource Center in Russell Woods is located 1 mile west of Genoa on Route 72. For more information, visit the County’s website here.