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**Rescheduled** Fossil Hunt & Canyon Tour; See link to 9/30/12 event

  • Sep 23, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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*** UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled to 9/30/12. Please RSVP or Re-RSVP on that event***

Until you stand at the very edge of the top, you can't tell it's there. Step down into the refreshingly cool creek bed of Sagawau Canyon to look for ferns, lichens, tree roots cracking apart the stratified rock, arachnids, maybe some amphibians and reptiles.

Join us for a full day of learning about and experiencing nature. Staff biologists or naturalists will guide us through a brief classroom session, fossil hunt, and canyon tour. There will be time for independent exploration. Despite its shiny new Environmental Learning Center and lovingly maintained grounds, the Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve is largely unknown and under-used.

This field trip is family-friendly. Seniors and those who are mobility-challenged are welcome to relax in the building or by the butterfly garden during more strenuous activities. See carpool info below.

  • Get your hands dirty hunting for fossils in the excavated rock pile on the side of the old 1930's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) quarry, now converted to a small lake.
  • Spot fossils underfoot as you walk across the rare dolomite prairie around the quarry.
  • View the hummingbird and butterfly garden while sitting on the 160 year old farmhouse porch.
  • Find out what George the Turtle Expert does for the turtles' breakfast.
  • Ramble down the various nature trail loops.
  • Tour Cook County's only canyon, a short 1000 ft distance. (The tour involves briefly getting your feet wet and stepping on wet, slippery rocks. I recommend gym shoes.)

The educational content can include the unique geology of our area, fossils, geologic time (Yes, more than 4 digits!), wildlife, flora, local history, evolution, etc. Other points of interest from its website:

  • Provides habitat for over 100 species of migrant and resident birds, and is home for the banding program of the Chicagoland Bird Observatory.
  • Offers week long workshops that may be taken for personal enrichment or as an accredited class through Governor’s State University. All programs are designed as in-service courses for teachers but are of value to anyone desiring more knowledge of Chicago area ecology.

The informal educational content will cover what you are interested in and will go as deep as your questions take it. Come prepared to ask questions! Bring your binoculars.

Participants must RSVP on this Chicago Skeptics page on This is a privately scheduled event for us, not a public program. Please note that the street is variably called West 111th St. or Calumet Sag Rd. or Route 83. The address number remains the same.

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Public transit does not access this destination. We don't want to exclude car-less participants. If you have a car, van, or helicopter, please fill this in for your RSVP comment section in addition to whatever else you want to say:

“I have carpool space for ___ additional people and will be coming from the _____ area.”

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  • Ken

    Excuse me, I'm a city boy who's always driven....
    Does anyone know of a fairly close train (METRA?) station that runs on Sunday......
    Perhaps those who need to, can a get train most of the way there, & we can do a shuttle from the train station ?

    September 14, 2012

    • Dave D.

      YOU'RE GOING?! Ahh fergitabout then. ;)

      1 · September 14, 2012

    • Dave D.

      No, REALLY this time. D:

      1 · September 17, 2012

  • Jessica

    I REALLY want to go to this, but I couldn't because I'm out of town this weekend, so I'm really hoping the reschedule works out.

    1 · September 17, 2012

  • Jairus D.

    I'll be driving from the far northern hinterlands. I can stop in the city and pick a couple people up or run straight down from Wheeling as needed.

    1 · September 14, 2012

  • Jamilette

    Hi everyone. I have carpool space for 2 more people. I could pick them up from Midway metra station.

    1 · September 14, 2012

  • Ken

    Is there any cost ?

    September 14, 2012

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