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Moon walk: Romantic night hike in Oak Brook nears

Fullersburg Woods is once-in-a-blue-moon setting

Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook will be the scene for a once-in-a-blue-moon night hike for couples along lantern-lit paths.
Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook will be the scene for a once-in-a-blue-moon night hike for couples along lantern-lit paths.

Couples are invited to experience a rare evening under stars and moonlight during the “Midsummer Romantic Night Hike” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, beginning at  the Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Oak Brook.

Participants will take a self-guided moonlit hike on lantern-lit paths that meander through an oak forest, pausing on scenic bridges to listen to the sounds of nocturnal critters and the rolling waters of Salt Creek. They’ll also be treated to a “blue moon,” the second full moon in the calendar month, which occurred the night prior to their visit on July 31. Popcorn, lemonade and s’mores around a fire pit await couples at the end of the trail.

“It has long been known the Fullersburg Woods is nature’s oasis in the suburbs,” stated Forest Preserve District Commissioner Jeff Redick, District 2, in a news release. “This event will give couples a very different experience as they witness the unique brand of nightlife that Fullersburg has to offer.”

Fullersburg Woods naturalist Leslie Bertram noted that the District added a summertime night hike due to the popularity of the February hike just before Valentine’s Day.

“This is a rare opportunity to experience the beauty of the forest preserves at night,” Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore added.

The “Midsummer Romantic Night Hike” is for adults only and costs $10 per couple. Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center is at 3609 Spring Road. Advance registration is required by calling Fullersburg at 630-850-8110.

For information on all of the District's attractions and programs, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org.

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