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Natural History Bike Tour

Schedule and Location

Visitor Center Entry
Section B: Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 

Fees and Registration

$16.00 member
$20.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Discover the natural history of northeast Illinois as we cycle the roads of the Arboretum. The Arboretum contains wonderful examples of the region’s wetland, prairie, and woodland ecosystems. Learn about the characteristics of these natural areas that define northeast Illinois. Find out about the fascinating geology that characterizes the landscape, including the glacial moraines that are responsible for the hilly terrain at the Arboretum.

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Dave Dolak, geologist and cross-country cyclist

David Dolak is Professor of Instruction at the Department of Science and Math at Columbia College Chicago.  His environmental science graduate work covered the geology, water resources, and ecosystems at the Indiana Dunes National Park. He also has  geologic expertise in the bedrock geology and the glacial history of the Chicago area and the Mazon Creek fossils of  Northern Illinois. 

Prior to his career as an educator, Mr. Dolak was an Environmental Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory  and in a long ago, prehistoric time he was a mill-rat at US Steel in Gary Indiana.  He is an active outdoors adventurer, bicycling across the United States and around the Great Lakes and backpacking in many national parks.  His graduate degree is from Indiana University."

Course Details

Notes: Ages 16+. Bring your own bike. Helmets required. Must be comfortable riding at a leisurely pace approximately 8 to 9 miles over rolling terrain. Limit 15

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Natural History Bike Tour