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Trek with a Naturalist

Get all your steps in during these evening hikes. Each month we'll take an invigorating two-hour hike at a different forest preserve. This program is designed for those who like active hiking. The naturalist will interpret the ecology of the preserve as we hike. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Thursday, April 18; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Big Rock Forest Preserve

46W072 Jericho Rd. (Meet at Jericho Rd. entrance)

Thursday, May 16; 6-8 p.m.
Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts

Thursday, June 20; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve

42W855 Bahr Rd., Hampshire

Thursday, July 18; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles

Thursday, Aug. 15; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Burlington Prairie Forest Preserve

13N240 Engel Rd., Sycamore

Senior Stroll

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists each month on a pleasant stroll in our natural areas. Each month we visit a different site, learning about the natural and cultural history of the area. The stroll begins at 10 a.m. and last about an hour, with social time and refreshments, following the walk. No registration is required for this free program.

Thursday, May 2; 10 a.m. - Noon
Rutland Forest Preserve

41W230 Big Timber Rd., Hampshire

Thursday, June 6; 10 a.m. - Noon
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn

Thursday, July 11; 10 a.m. - Noon
Pingree Grove Forest Preserve

14N187 US Rte. 20, Hampshire

Thursday, Aug. 1; 10 a.m. - Noon
Dick Young Forest Preserve

39W115 Main St., Batavia

Thursday, Sept. 5; 10 a.m. - Noon
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles

Exploring Nature by Kayak

Tour our local waterways during these paddling adventures! Our 2019 kayaking series begins with a lake-based basic paddling skills class, followed by shorter and less-strenuous river sessions for beginners. As the summer progresses, choose increasingly longer and more technical paddles for intermediate skill levels. Each session, participants will receive dry-land instruction on basic kayaking techniques from an experienced instructor. Then we'll take to the water for a naturalist-led exploration of the fascinating local ecology. Participants meet and park at the take-out location and are shuttled to the put-in. Choose any number of session; you can take one, two, or all five! Boaters must be 16 years or older and able to hold breath underwater while wearing a properly fitted life jacket; independently turn from a face down to a face-up position keeping head above water; effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants; and manage all mobility and personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion. Advance registration is required at least 1 week prior to program. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Session 1: Skills Training;
Sunday, June 9; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Oakhurst Forest Preserve
1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora

Session 2: Beginner; 3-4 mile paddle
Saturday, July 13; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Voyageur Landing Forest Preserve
50 Airport Rd., Elgin

Session 3: Beginner-Intermediate; 6-7 mile paddle
Sunday, Aug. 11; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Ferson Creek Park
Rte. 31 East of Wildrose Springs Dr., St. Charles

Session 4: Intermediate; 4-5 mile paddle, with portage
Sunday, Sept. 8; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Glenwood Forest Preserve
1644 South River St., Batavia

Session 5: Intermediate; 7 mile paddle, with portage
Saturday, Oct. 5; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rocktown Adventures of Aurora
107 Spruce St., Aurora

Fees: Single kayak rental - $69/person for Session 1 and $79/person for Sessions 2-5. Fee includes shuttle service and use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle. Or, provide your own kayak and equipment for Sessions 2-5 for $39/person. All trip minimums = 6 people.

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.

Summer Tree Identification

This field class will begin with an introduction to the basic plant morphology needed for tree identification. Instructor Valerie Blaine will lead a walk on the wooded trails and provide tips for identfying common, native hardwood trees. We'll cover several methods of tree identification. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Sunday, June 16; 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve
35W076 Villa Marie Rd., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person

Wednesday, June 26; 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person

Going Native!

In this three-part seires of landscaping with native plants, you'll learn the benefits of natural landscaping for both you and the environment. Landscape Architect Trish Beckjord of the Conservation Foundation will share her extenisve knowledge in these sessions. Whether you're just a beginner or a seasoned native plant gardener, you're sure to be inspired by Trish's passion for native plants!. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Session 1: Introduction to Illinois Native Plant Gardening
In this indoor presentation, Trish will provide background information on the fundamentals of native landscaping. She'll touch on the ecological and economic aspects, and take you on a virtual tour of plant species for different landscape types. You'll gain resources for getting started, or for expanding your established native plant garden.

Tuesday, April 16; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles

Session 2: Native Plants in Summer
Prairie plants come into their own through the summer while woodland plants are past their glorious spring show. We'll visit a local garden that showcases many beautiful natives that are perfect additions to your garden. They should be in peak flowering for our visit. This planting will also show you some to use more cautiously!

Saturday, June 15; 9-11 a.m.

River Park
151 N River Ln., Geneva
Fee: $10/person

Session 3: Natives in Autumn Splendor
We'll return to the local garden and see how the summer native garden has changed. What do those summer bloomers look like now? Who are the fall bloomers? We'll learn about the seasonal progression of flowering and the importance of the native plant garden for pollinators.

Saturday, Sept. 7; 1-3 p.m.

Location to be determined
Fee: $10/person