Brushwood invites you out into nature this summer. There are classes and programs for all ages and interests. Here are a few:

WildBunch/Landscape Volunteer Workday –Join this group of volunteers at Brushwood Gardens every other Friday. July 22, 8:30 – 10:30am, August 5, 8:30 – 10:30am for volunteer recognition, and August 19 8:30 – 10:30am.

August 6, 10-12pm.

4-H Nature and Photography Club – 8-12 year olds meet monthly to experience and capture nature on film.

Sunday, July 17, 1-3pm

Field Museum at Brushwood Center – with Diana (Tita) Alvira. Social Conservationist/Program Manager of the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum, will present her work on Community Well-Being and Conservation in the Andes-Amazon region.

Friday-Sunday, July 29-31, 6-7:30pm

Theater in Ryerson Woods – Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology Illinois Adaptation. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy this unique program presented by Citadel Theater.

Saturday, August 20, 8:30pm (sunset)

Film Festival in the Woods – Selected environmental films viewed on the Brushwood lawn. This family-friendly film festival is an annual favorite of the Riverwoods Community.

Saturday, August 27, 7:30am-4:30pm

Brushwood Center hosts the 1st Annual Illinois Young Birders (ILYB) Symposium – This all day symposium is geared for young birders and families. Start the day with a bird walk at Ryerson Woods then spend the day listening to speakers, see presentations from young birders, and nish with day with a bird art and photography exhibit at Brushwood Center.

Sunday, July 31 · 1-3pm

Artist Reception and Panel Discussion – Join us for a reception and panel discussion on Doug Fogelson’s exciting new exhibition On Climate and how it relates to current environmental issues. On Climate will be on display at Brushwood Center through September 4.

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

Nurturing art, nature and discovery

Brushwood Center is located inside the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods, Illinois. Tour the historic Brushwood home. Walk the miles of trails on site. See what nature has inspired in the Brushwood gallery.

For more information, contact: Jackie Rockwell at 224-633-2427 or JRockwell@BrushwoodCenter.Org or visit

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The Village of Riverwoods utilizes Blackboard Connect service for emergency resident notification side-by-side with the Village non-emergency resident email database. As a resident or business you can opt-in to emergency messages, non-emergency messages or both.

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