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    Private Snowboard Lesson

    First snow of the season, and you're ready to hit the hills. What's that -- it's your first time boarding? AND your first time at Raging Buffalo? Well, that's a lot of firsts. Might as well throw another one into the mix: Did you know that Raging Buffalo is the WORLD's first snowboarding-exclusive park? Pretty cool. Sounds like you've got a lot of exploring ahead of you. Best to keep your itinerary nice and easy with this package that gives you time to tackle all of those firsts. Allow Raging Buffalo to provide you with a board, in-step bindings, boots, a helmet, a lift ticket AND a 1 hour private lesson, all in one fell swoop. Now that's a first.
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    Private Snowboard Lesson

    3 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates

    • Enjoy the no-hassle approach of a snowboard package that includes full equipment and a lesson
    • Learn the fundamentals of snowboarding with a group lesson
    • Enjoy the scenic views and terrain of Kane County Forest while boarding in the world's first snowboard-exclusive park
    • Get an introduction to snowboarding in a class where no skiing/snowboarding experience is necessary
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    Photo Meet Up

    This colorful walk will make learning about nature a snap! Photo Meet Up with Forest Preserves of Cook County offers you the chance to visit a well-chosen natural area alongside a trained naturalist. You'll visit areas offering diverse learning opportunities backdropped by scenic vistas, teeming with interesting plant life, and full of local wildlife. Your guide will take you around to the spots that provide particularly beautiful vantage points, giving you time to set up for your photos. Meet other photographers and share tips and capture some shots that will become highlights in your portfolio. Get the picture?
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    Photo Meet Up

    12545 W 111th Street, Lemont

    • Visit a carefully selected outdoor location for a guided tour led by a naturalist
    • Capture great shots with fellow photographers and share tips
    • Learn about wildlife and plantlife in the area
    • Immerse yourself in a beautiful natural environment
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    Semi-private Snowboard Lesson

    First snow of the season, and you're ready to hit the hills. What's that -- it's your first time boarding? AND your first time at Raging Buffalo? Well, that's a lot of firsts. Might as well throw another one into the mix: Did you know that Raging Buffalo is the WORLD's first snowboarding-exclusive park? Pretty cool. Sounds like you've got a lot of exploring ahead of you. Best to keep your itinerary nice and easy with this package that gives you time to tackle all of those firsts. Allow Raging Buffalo to provide you with a board, in-step bindings, boots, a helmet, a lift ticket AND a 1 hour semi-private lesson, all in one fell swoop. Now that's a first.
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    Semi-private Snowboard Lesson

    3 Golf Center, Hoffman Estates

    • Enjoy the no-hassle approach of a snowboard package that includes full equipment and a lesson
    • Learn the fundamentals of snowboarding with a group lesson
    • Enjoy the scenic views and terrain of Kane County Forest while boarding in the world's first snowboard-exclusive park
    • Get an introduction to snowboarding in a class where no skiing/snowboarding experience is necessary
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    PADI Full Scuba Certification Weekend Course

    The only thing that tops a weekend of diving is one that ends with getting a scuba certification! Show your talents, execute skill exercises, and tour the waters of a quarry environment. You'll discover, with ease, how simple it can be to navigate the watery scenery and explore the aquatic world. Weekend one consists of the classroom/pool training portion of the course. After that you will be ready to schedule your Open Water Certification Dives. The first day will focus on the first two of four dives, and the second day will focus on the last two. After the fourth dive, you'll be a certified scuba diver for life! You'll get to view the waterscape like you've never seen before!
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    PADI Full Scuba Certification Weekend Course

    1001-G Nicholas Blvd, Elk Grove Village

    • Dive to new depths while completing the four dives necessary for a full, lifetime scuba certification
    • Enjoy the inspiring feeling of being submerged underwater with the capacity for insight and exploration
    • Become fully equipped with knowledge of scuba safety precautions and equipment
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    White Water Rafting

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    Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting as you and your friends raft Indiana's only whitewater river, the St. Joseph. After a short ride from Chicago, you join your rafting guides at the St. Joseph River. You'll receive an introduction to rafting before taking on some of the most challenging rapids in the Midwest. Seriously, this area draws Olympic winners and National Champions. Laugh, shout and have the time of your life as you repeat your thrill ride over and over again. Whether you come alone or in a group, experience an excellent introduction to whitewater rafting. After the trip you'll stop for food and drinks, with the first drink on the house!
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    White Water Rafting

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting!
    • Learn the fundamentals of rafting before taking on some of the best rapids in the country
    • Enjoy food and beverages after a day conquering the St. Joseph River
    • No experience necessary
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    4 positive reviews
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    What's on the menu?

    An animal's got to eat. And this is your chance to watch them do it. River Trail Nature Center offers visitors a beautiful natural environment full of sugar maple woods and tranquil, self-guided trails. During What's on the Menu, you'll get to watch as center staff feed the display animals, offering you the unique opportunity to learn about their specific eating habits. Before you leave, check out the exhibit building designed to educate visitors about native plants and animals found in Illinois. Consider it food for thought!
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    What's on the menu?

    3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook

    • Visit the River Trail Nature Center during feeding time
    • Watch center staff feed the display animals
    • Learn about the living habits of native Illinois wildlife
    • Immerse yourself in a stunning nature preserve featuring self-guided trail
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    "Bone" Appetit

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    Woodland critters and wild times await during "Bone" Appetit! During this event, you'll watch as the Trailside staff feeds their outdoor animals This is a great chance to see some of Illinois's native wildlife up close and learn about their eating habits. Stop by and find yourself immersed in a tranquil nature preserve built around a Victorian mansion at Trailside. This special learning environment offers exhibits both indoor and out, with a number of hiking trails, wildflower gardens, and oak woodland to set the scene. See you on the wild side!
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    "Bone" Appetit

    738 Thatcher Ave, NorthbrookRiver Forest

    • Immerse yourself in a stunning nature preserve featuring self-guided trails, wildflower gardens, and a Victorian mansion
    • Watch center staff feed the display animals
    • Learn about the living habits of native Illinois wildlife
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    3 positive reviews
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    Canoeing

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    Sometimes, you just need to escape the city life, requiring the calmness of nature. Why not spend a lazy afternoon exploring canyons, caves, sandstone bluffs, and observing herons and other wildlife in Fox River, Illinois? Sounds like the perfect way to spend a day. Here, you'll paddle through Fox River, listening to the soft streams of the river paired with chirping birds and lovely exploration. For those of you in need of a day-cation or simply an escape, Fox River is the ultimate place to relax.
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    Canoeing

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Paddle in a canoe down the scenic Fox River
    • Spend a lazy afternoon exploring canyons, caves, sandstone bluffs, and observe herons and other wildlife
    • Relax during a day away from the city stresses
    • No experience necessary
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    4 positive reviews

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