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Each year, RidgeGate teams up with the South Suburban Parks and Recreation District to provide free, guided nature hikes throughout RidgeGate’s expansive bluffs trail system.
These hikes are led by professional naturalists from the district, and offer insight and education into the natural ecosystems within the open space at RidgeGate, while offering a chance to get some fresh air and exercise. Hikes are free to the public.
Sunset Birdwatching: Birds at Sunset—preparing for night. Look for birds as the sun sets, when they are often active, feeding before they retire for the night. Feel free to bring your own binoculars, or just enjoy the sights and sounds of birding with the human eye. Learn which characteristics will help you identify various species. Bring your phone with the BirdNET app (or other) loaded if you’d like to experiment with app-assisted bird ID. Sun set is at 8:17pm, so we’ll wrap up at dusk.
Meet at the parking lot on the south end of the baseball fields at Prairie Sky Park, on the north side of Crossington Way. We’ll walk the Willow Spring Trail, so expect a moderate to a briefly steep incline with little to no shade and a path that doesn’t accommodate strollers well. Come dressed for the weather with sturdy walking shoes, drinking water, sunblock, hat and insect repellent as desired.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!