Birding for Beginners [Multi-Generational Class]
Explore the different types of birds that you can see in your backyard as well as the feeders and food that you can use to attract them. We will then adjourn to Starved Rock to use their bird viewing area to identify some of the birds we learned about! We will discuss different books that are great for backyard birding and useful equipment that can come in handy. Students will provide their own transportation to Starved Rock. Students under the age of 18 may register with a parent or legal guardian who is also registered for and participating in the class. Participants should come dressed for the weather; appropriate for being outdoors. Students should bring binoculars, bottled water, note-taking materials and a sack lunch.
Sat 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Apr 5 1 Session
Natalie Martin G-103, IVCC HLR-5310-04 $39
Experience the growing sport of frisbee golf at the IVCC Disc Golf Course. IVCC has one of the top disc golf courses in the IllinoisValley. Learn all the basics of this lifetime sport such as the drive, the approach, and the putt. Learn to throw a disc, similar to a frisbee, farther than you thought possible. There are discs made to go left, right, and straight depending on the hole. Your goal is to get the disc into a big metal basket in as few shots as possible. This sport is appropriate for all ages. If you enjoy the competitive aspect of golf, you will love disc golf. Find out about more courses available in the local area. Various discs will be provided by the instructor for use during the class. Discs are also available for purchase in the IVCC
Bookstore, ranging in price from $6-$13.
Tue 5-7 p.m. Apr 8 1 Session
Wes Black Parking Lot 4, HLR-5309-304 $21
Human survival depends upon awareness; native scouts learned to be invisible and aware in the wilderness. This class will show you how they did it. Practice stalking and nature observation techniques. Interpret tracks and know what the tracked was doing, and thinking, without having seen them! Know why people get lost in the woods. Track and sign track where others cannot see trails! Learn seasonal native plants. This class is held outdoors. Please dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. You may also want to bring note-taking materials, camera, lunch, snacks, and water. Class limited to 10 students, must be 18 years of age or older. Jason Thompson is a teacher with over 15 years of experience training in and teaching native skills, tools, and philosophy. Formerly independently contracted as a tracker for the DeKalb County Forest Preserve, Thompson is also an active volunteer in local environmental education, and a caretaker of area forests.
Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Apr 12 1 Session
Jason Thompson G-103, IVCC HLR-5306-04 $39
Humans are toolmakers by nature, and native peoples used what they gathered in the wild to survive. This class will show you how. Make cordage from nettle. Practice small game hunting with throwing sticks, and craft a figure-four deadfall trap. Create a bow drill set and try your hand at making fire! Learn seasonal native plants. See other native tool demonstrations. This class is held outdoors and requires a knife with a 3” fixed, non-serrated blade; you may also want to bring note-taking materials, camera, lunch, snacks, and water. Please dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. Class limited to 10 students, must be 18 years of age or older.
Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Apr 26 1 Session
Jason Thompson G-103, IVCC HLR-5308-04 $39