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Plants of Concern Training for Volunteers

Forest Preserve volunteers are invited to take this training to learn how to create ecological quadrants and use GPS to count blooms and stems for threatened and endangered plants. Advance registration is required. Call 630-208-8662 or e-mail volunteer@kaneforest.com to register or for more information.
 
Sunday, April 27; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Barbara Belding Lodge
Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, Saint Charles
FREE

Senior Stroll - Spring

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists each month on a pleasant stroll through natural areas.  Strolls last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk. During the winter months, our monthly gatherings will take place at Creek Bend Nature Center. All seniors are welcome! Registration is not required for “Senior Stroll.” In the event of severe weather, call 630-444-3190 for cancellation information. Registration is not required for Senior Stroll.

Thursday, May 1; 10 a.m. - noon
Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve
41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
FREE

Senior Stroll - Summer

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, June 5; 10-11:30 a.m.
Bowes Creek Woods Forest Preserve
9N420 Crawford Rd, Elgin
FREE
 
Thursday, July 3; 10-11:30 a.m.
Dick Young Forest Preserve
2S326 Nelson Lake Rd., Batavia
(Note: Meet at the east entrance)
FREE
 
Thursday, Aug. 7; 10-11:30 a.m.
Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls
40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE
 
Thursday, Sept. 4; 10-11:30 a.m.
Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve
43W231 Main St., Elburn
(Note: Meet at the shelter)
FREE
 

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 program@kaneforest.com to register.

Leopold's Green Fire

Green Fire is the first full-length documentary ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. The film shares highlights from his extraordinary career, and explains how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world. In this program, we will view the film and discuss its relevance to current conservation topics. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Thursday, April 24; 7-9 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
3795 Campton Hills Road, Saint Charles
Fee: $10
 

Invasive Plants and the Health of Our Natural Areas

Invasive plants pose an extreme challenge to the health of our natural areas. Plant expert Andy Olnas of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s Natural Resources department will provide an overview of these challenging species. He will also discuss current management techniques used in battling invasive plants in Kane County. The program will be held outdoors and will include a walk on the trails at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Wednesday, May 21; 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $15

Fire: A Prescription for Land Management

Fire plays a vital role in the health of our prairies, woodlands, and even wetlands. In this presentation, Trish Burns of the Geneva Park District will discuss the history of fire ecology and its influence on land management today. Learn how and why natural areas are burned to maintain healthy natural communities in Kane County. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Sunday, June 8, 2-3:30 p.m.
Peck Farm Park
4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Fee: $15

Cave Biology

If you’re in the dark about cave biology, you’re not alone! This presentation, led by cave biologist Steve Taylor of the Illinois Natural History Survey, will shed some light on the topic. Learn what biospeleology is (and how to pronounce it!). Taylor will take us into fascinating caves via PowerPoint, and describe his current research in these fragile ecosystems. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Saturday, June 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
3795 Campton Hills Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $15

Mushrooms of Illinois

Mushrooms of Illinois
Fungi live out their lives hidden within the soil, decaying logs, trees, and in every nook and cranny imaginable. We see spectacular evidence of these secretive decomposers when their fruiting bodies — mushrooms — emerge.  Join Patrick Leacock, adjunct curator of mycology at the Field Museum of Natural History, as he describes the types of mushrooms native to our area. He’ll also lead us on a wild mushroom foray into the woodlands of LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. (Note: The focus of this class is the ecology of fungi, and not edible fungi.) Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m. – noon
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $15

Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

The dramatic decline in monarch numbers has made headlines in recent years. During this presentation by Trish Burns of the Geneva Park District, we’ll look at the complex factors contributing to the tremendous loss of this beloved species. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Sunday, June 22, 2-3:30 p.m.
Peck Farm Park
4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
(Note: Meet at the butterfly house)
Fee: $15

Moths

Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth. Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage. Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand. Learn more about these engaging insects with an indoor lecture by Trish Burns of the Geneva Park District, followed by an outdoor field session. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Sunday, June 29, 2-3:30 p.m.
Peck Farm Park
4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Fee: $15

Night Flights: Hanging Out with Fireflies

If you grew up in the Midwest, you’re probably familiar with fireflies. But how well do you really know them? Can you name the local species? Describe their light-making process? Identify a larva? These fun facts and more will be covered during this action-packed, adult-level program. An overview of life cycle and habits will take place indoors before we head out to catch, and release, assorted members of the family Lampyridae. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Friday, July 11, 8-10 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center,
3795 Campton Hills Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $15

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