The Nature Institute
GODFREY — The Nature Institute’s trails will get “enchanted” for the 13th annual Enchanted Forest.
This event is known for bringing in hundreds of residents, with more than 270 last year. More than half of the hiking times already have been reserved.
Enchanted Forest will start at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at TNI’s Talahi Lodge, 2213 S. Levis Lane in Godfrey.
TNI volunteers will be dressed up as nocturnal animals along the trail. Visitors will be “treated” to nature knowledge and sweet treats. After these guided hikes, guests can enjoy chili, hot dogs and other activities. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the door.
Event-goers are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes. Guided hikes will take place every 15 minutes. Reserve a hiking time by Monday, Oct. 13, by calling (618) 466-9930 or emailing info@TheNatureInstitute.org.
“We cannot do this program without the support from our community,” Education Director Patti Brown said of the event’s opportunities. “We hope that this volunteer opportunity will help fulfill any required service hours students may need.”
There are a few different tasks helpers may choose from; actor, trail guide, game and craft booth assistant, as well as, food and cleanup crew. All volunteers will receive dinner for their help and must be at least age 12, willing to attend a short orientation meeting, and would be able to volunteer for at least four hours during this event
There are two orientation training days for those interested in volunteering; Tuesday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in helping should contact Brown at (618) 467-2521 for information.
For information, call the main office at (618) 466-9930 or visit www.TheNatureInstitute.org.