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Biking, hiking, canoeing make up 'Extreme Expedition' for teens

Published: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:45 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:35 p.m. CST

RICHMOND – An Extreme Expedition program for teenagers will include biking, hiking and canoeing through multiple conservation areas and down the Nippersink Creek.

The all-day adventure will start at 8 a.m., Wednesday, July 2, at North Branch Conservation Area, 11500 North Keystone Road, Richmond.

Teens, ages 12 to 16, will take a leisurely seven-mile bike ride from there to Glacial Park's Lost Valley Visitor Center. The next leg will be a hike along the trail to Keystone Landing exploring nature and playing games along the way.

After a lunch break, a seven-mile canoe trip on Nippersink Creek will wrap up the day, ending around 5:30 p.m. at Pioneer Landing in Richmond.

Part of the bike path is a gravel surface, so bikes with skinny road tires are not recommended. Bikes can be rented for an additional $20. All canoeing equipment and lunch will be provided.

Participants may be dropped off anytime between 7 and 8 a.m. at North Branch Conservation Area. Staff will be on site with games and other activities.

Registration is required by June 25. The cost is $20 for county residents and $25 for non-residents. Registration can be completed online at, by mail and walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake, or walk-in only at Lost Valley Visitor Center, Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

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