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Senior Stroll

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

1644 S. River St., Batavia
FREE

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

401 Davis St., Elgin
FREE

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. Be sure to bring your own place setting so we can end the year on a “green” note!
FREE

Thursday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
New Year’s Morning Hike

What a better way to start the new year than a hike in the wintry woods! On this special holiday, you’re welcome to bring the family – grandkids and all! We’ll look for the first animal tracks made in the new year’s snow. We’ll also look at trees, seeds, and surprises from Mother Nature. There will be coffee and cocoa in the nature center, after the hike.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Thursday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Pioneer Life on the Prairie

Special guest Alice Maupin, Director of the Durant-Peterson House Museum at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, will describe pioneer life as experienced by the Durant family in 19th century Kane County.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
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.

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 programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Nov. 9; 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 programs@kaneforest.com to register.

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

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

Kane County Certified Naturalists (KCCN) Information Sessions

Want to learn about Kane County’s fastest-growing nature-education program for adults? Attend one of these free informational sessions to find out what all the excitement is about! During these sessions, you’ll learn the dates, details, cost – and the benefits! – of this award-winning program. The mission of Kane County Certified Naturalists is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Kane County natural resources through science-based education and community service. KCCN is a cooperative program of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the Saint Charles Park District, and the Geneva Park District. Classes begin in January 2015, followed by spring field trips. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7 – 8 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Dr., Saint Charles
FREE

Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 – 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Eagles in Our Midst

With a wing span of more than 6 feet, bald eagles can be hard to miss. Yet few people realize that these magnificent creatures live among us...right on our very own Fox River. Learn about the fascinating history of these iconic birds. This program will feature stunning images captured by Ron Dickenson, a local wildlife photographer who has been chronicling our area’s "Mooseheart eagles" since 2008. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 1-3 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

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

Up in Arms

If you’ve ever wrestled with the issues of conservation, preservation, hunting, and wildlife, this program is for you! We’ll take a look at the topic from several vantage points and examine the questions: Who hunts and why? Can a naturalist be a hunter? Can a hunter be a naturalist? What influences our opinions of hunting? What ethical dilemmas are involved in hunting? How can naturalists face the challenges these issues present? Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Jan. 15, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Barbara Belding Lodge at Brewster Creek Forest Preserve

6N921 Route 25, Saint Charles
Fee: $10

Winter Tree Identification

Identifying trees in winter is not as daunting as it may seem! During this two hour class you’ll learn the basics of tree identification (sans leaves) and gain experience using a botanical key to identify native trees. Instructor Valerie Blaine will share tips to help demystify winter tree identification and will emphasize observation of bark, branches, form, habit, habitat, twigs, leaf scars and buds. The session will begin indoors with a lecture/presentation. Hand-outs and reference material will be provided. During the second hour, we’ll head into the woods to practice tree identification skills. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Feb. 7, 1 – 3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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