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Senior Stroll - Fall

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists each month on a pleasant stroll through forest preserves.  Each month, we visit a different site and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area.  The strolls begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk.  In the event of severe weather, call Creek Bend Nature Center at (630) 444-3190 for cancellation information.  Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent and sunscreen.  Donations are welcome to cover the cost of refreshments.

Thursday, Sept. 4; 10-11:30 a.m.
Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve

43W231 Main St., Elburn

Thursday, Oct. 2; 10-11:30 a.m.
Glenwood Park Forest Preserve

1644 S. River St., Batavia

Thursday, Nov. 6; 10-11:30 a.m.
Tyler Creek Forest Preserve

401 Davis St., Elgin

Thursday, Dec. 4; 10-noon
Holiday Gathering at Creek Bend Nature Center

37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles

Bring a store-bought holiday dish to pass. We'll share food, fellowship and festivities at this annual Senior Stroll tradition.

Learn from the Experts
The following classes are taught by experts in the field and offer in-depth information and learning opportunities about our local ecology. This award-winning program series is cosponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the Geneva Park District, and the St. Charles Park District. These programs are for ages 16 and up. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail to register.

Fall Flora

The prairie is resplendent with wildflowers in early fall. During this outdoor program, botanist Jack Shouba will provide an overview of fall flora, with tips on how to identify the native plants of the season. Composites, grasses, and other challenging plant families will be tackled. Please bring a hand lens, if you have one, and remember to dress for a walk in the field. Registration required. Please call 630-444-3190 or email

Saturday, Sept. 21; 1 – 2:30 p.m.
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $10

Mammals of Rivers & Creeks

Beavers, muskrats and otters are key species in the Fox River Watershed. Many people don’t realize they’re close by — until their activity impacts landscaping and structures. Naturalist Valerie Blaine will lead a classroom introduction to the ecology of these species, followed by a field trip to local waterways to find signs of their activity. Registration required. Please call 630-444-3190 or email

Indoor Lecture:
Thursday, Oct. 9; 7–8:30 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Rd., Saint Charles

In-the-Field Session:
Saturday, Oct. 11; 9-11 a.m.

Location to be announced during indoor lecture
Fee: $15

Tree Identification

This field class will begin with an introduction to basic plant morphology needed for tree identification. We will take a walk on the wooded trails to learn the common hardwood trees. Students will learn several methods of tree identification. Registration required. Please call 630-444-3190 or email

Saturday, Oct. 18; 1-3 p.m.
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 Route 38, Elburn
Fee: $10

Axe in Our Hands

This group discussion will be based on the writing of ecologist and author Aldo Leopold. In A Sand County Almanac, Leopold wrote an essay about decision-making in restoring land on his Wisconsin farm. This essay will be the basis of our discussion of today’s values, and how our values affect the signature that each of us leaves on the earth for future generations. Participants should read the chapter “Axe-in-Hand,” from Leopold’s book, A Sand County Almanac. Copies of the book are available at Creek Bend Nature Center and Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. Registration required. Please call 630-444-3190 or email

Sunday, Nov. 16; 3-5 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $10

Passenger Pigeon: Past & Future

The Passenger Pigeon was once the most abundant bird in North America. It was regarded as a limitless resource for commercial harvesting in the 1800s. The species became extinct by 1914. Restoration ecologist Denis Kania, with the St. Charles Park District, will give this presentation on the extinction of the passenger pigeon, as well as other species in the cross hairs of progress and commercial harvesting. Kania will discuss the strategies used to protect and even revive species on the brink of extinction. Registration required. Please call 630-444-3190 or email

Tuesday, Nov. 18; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $10