ROMEOVILLE – A fest featuring fur trader-themed activities, falcons, a food truck, turtle exhibit and live reptile presentations is headed to the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 8.
Island Rendezvous will take place at the Isle a la Cache preserve, a news release stated. While the fest is in its 36th year, it has been updated for today’s families, connecting the region’s 18th-century French fur trade era with modern-day nature offerings at the site. Visitors can test their skills as fur traders and try to fire a bow and arrow using a safety arrow. They also can meet a falconer, go to a petting zoo, and visit the Blanding’s turtles exhibit inside the museum to learn more about efforts to save the endangered species.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a Glen Ellyn-based wildlife rehabilitation center, will be on hand to offer reptile presentations; free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Families enjoy this event because there is so much to do, so much to try,” Chris Gutmann, the museum’s facility supervisor, stated in the release. “It’s meant to be a celebration of the broad diversity of programs that we offer the public, be it cultural or natural history.”
Rendezvous attendees also can get their first look at Isle a la Cache preserve’s pollinator garden, recently installed at the site’s former amphitheater area. Native species were planted to support monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in Native American culture by conversing with Redhawk, a Native American speaker who represents the Potawatomi and Ojibwe nations. Inside the air-conditioned museum, one can try on 1700s-era hats at the newly enhanced hat shop exhibit.
“The layout of the event, coupled with the museum, makes it a very visitor-friendly experience,” Gutmann said.
Mario’s Cart food truck will roll into the rendezvous. Registration is not required for the free, all-ages event. Isle a la Cache Museum is at 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street). For information, visit ReconnectWithNature.org.