Whether you are man or beast, you have to dress to succeed. In the wild, success means survival. Experience life as the animals do, facing the challenges that nature brings.


The St. Charles Park District will host its second annual Hickory Knolls Discovery Days on Sundays, January 27 and February 10. From noon to 4pm each day, people of all ages will enjoy nature-related games, activities, craft projects and seasonal fun!


On February 10, Northern Illinois Raptors, a not-for-profit rehabilitation and education center, will present live native birds of prey – owls, hawks, falcons and more. At 1pm and 3pm, expert staff and volunteers will share how these birds adapt to various survival situations using their keen eyesight and swift flight skills.


Everyone can make and take home a wintertime classic pinecone bird feeder, participate in the Penguin Shuffle - race with an ‘egg’ tucked on top of your feet, and/or enjoy some Frosty Bubbles – a favorite summer activity modified with a wintery, dry-ice twist. Stop by the Bird Beak Bonanza hands-on demonstration station to see how various bird species are equipped with different types of bills.


The per person fee is $2. Proceeds will be used for the care and maintenance of Hickory Knolls’ animal displays.


The Hickory Knolls Discovery Center is located at 3795 Campton Hills Road in the James O. Breen Community Park. From the park entrance on Campton Hills Road, proceed to the main parking lot then head west to the entrance to Hickory Knolls. For more information or directions, go to stcnature.org or call 630-513-4399.