Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve

Dedicated to Service in Conservation

Home Trail Map Find Us
Membership Volunteer! More Info


The Homewood Science Center (HSC), which was formed with the backing of the Village of Homewood in 2014, is now in their fourth year of actively providing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and science) events put on at their building, formerly the Ryan Funeral Home across the street from City Hall, and at other locations. We have once again accepted their request and invitation to partner with them in holding their fourth annual fundraiser on our grounds and in Black Bear Lodge. The event will be held on Sunday October 20 rain or shine. This event is called “Walk Walton” which consists of two parts: the “Walk” from 10:30a to noon and the “Fest” from noon to 3p. In the morning, walkers will set out in small groups on an approximate 1.2 mile hike, with a chance to speak with environmental science experts along the way. This is a unique opportunity to learn much more about the Preserve and its natural attractions. In the afternoon the “Fest” will feature a double dose of PopUp Science: “Spooky Science” and “Autumn Ecology”, entertainment for children, a raffle, s’mores, pumpkin decorating and family fun. Izaak Walton volunteers will provide non-alcoholic drinks for sale, proceeds from which will benefit the Preserve. Food trucks will also be set up. As this is a fundraiser, to support HSC’s PopUp Science program (offered free to families each month, May-September), HSC will be charging admission. Tickets are $25 for adults, but there is no charge for children if accompanied by an adult. During this event, the grounds area from Senior Hall to Black Bear Lodge to the east picnic shelter will be roped off for their exclusive use. We encourage you to participate and support HSC by registering in advance on their website: www.homewoodsciencecenter.org. where you can also find more information about PopUp Science.

GENERAL MEETING AND PROGRAM — Thursday, October 24, 7pm

We are pleased once again to invite Brittany Buckles into our historic cabin to present a program on the diversity of insects right here at the Preserve. Brittany last presented a program to us in April of 2017 on native plants which was well received due to her enthusiasm and knowledge. Brittany has a master’s degree in entomology and currently is the Education Director for Bike a Bee, an organization that promotes bee hives in urban settings. Previously Brittany has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Naperville Park District, The Field Museum and the St Louis Zoo. Her presentation will showcase some of Homewood’s native insects, their biology and their relationship with host plants including some amazing specialized behaviors. Often overlooked, you are sure to learn much more about the crucial contribution of the insect world to our natural environment.

THE ANNUAL ART SHOW - Saturday, October 26th

We are again sponsoring a nature themed art show on Saturday October 26th in the cabin between 9am and 4pm. Unlike past years, this is a one-day only event. Todd Wittenberg has again agreed to help organize the show and has already contacted local artists. Several have already agreed to participate, but we have room for more artists. So, if you too would like to participate, or if you know someone who would, please contact Todd directly at: Wittenberg@homewoodizaakwalton.com The cabin has proven to be a wonderful setting to display nature-oriented, original art and photographs, which are for sale. As in the past, we are mixing in a little music with Homewood’s own “Work In Progress” providing live music from noon to 1:30pm. Free coffee and cookies will be available. So, stop by Saturday October 26 and enjoy nature themed art and great music in our historic cabin.

RUN FOREST RUN - Saturday, November 2nd

For the 14th consecutive year, we will again be sponsoring our Fall Trail Race event on Saturday, November 2nd at 9:30a. This 4-mile run through our well-maintained trail system has become a very popular event in our local running community. Anyone who has participated in the past has already been invited to participate via email registration. We may need to limit the number of registered runners as our trails can comfortably handle only a limited number of runners. Nevertheless, anyone learning about this event for the first time and desiring to participate is encouraged to call John Brinkman ASAP at 708-638-9418.


You will soon receive in the mail (or already have) your ticket booklets for our Annual Turkey Raffle and Auction Party to be held Saturday November 9th, at 7:00 PM. This is our primary annual fund-raising event and accounts for a substantial amount of annual Preserve revenue. The event consists of an auction, bake sale and prize drawings. Included with the ticket booklets is a letter describing in detail the prizes for this year’s event. The three Grand prizes this year are in cash: $500, $250, and $150. We will also raffle off 30 turkey coupons from Walt’s foods (value $25.00). Individual raffle tickets will again cost $5 and a booklet of 6 tickets will cost $25. Please consider purchasing or selling these tickets and return the ticket stubs and payment via mail or in person at Senior Hall (1100 Ridge Road). Tickets may be donated to the needy if you wish; simply note that when returning ticket stubs and payment. Any ticket drawn with this designation will result in the coupon being donated to organizations that serve those in need.

Additional ticket booklets are available at Senior Hall. Stop by or call to request additional booklets. (708-798-1850). Again, this year we are able to accept payment for raffle tickets via credit or debit card in person at Senior Hall. Members will receive one complimentary turkey coupon ($25 value) for selling each block of 6 or more ticket booklets.

We are also planning to raffle off Door Prizes for those members who buy at least one booklet of tickets and are in attendance that evening. Pizza will once again be for sale at a modest price after 6:15pm that evening. You may also contribute to the success of this event by donating items for the auction and bake sale. Please bring auction items to Senior Hall prior to or in the morning of November 9th tagged with your name (if desired) and estimated value; bake sale items can be delivered the afternoon of the event. As best we can, we will post pics of the larger and potentially more valuable auction items on our web and Facebook pages between November 1 and the day of the auction. For many, many years the enthusiasm of our membership for this event has been gratifying and wonderful. Thanks to you all for your continuing support for this key fund-raising event.

Copyright © 2018 Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy