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Garden Workshops

In this fun, interactive series of gardening programs, we'll discuss the natural and cultural impact of plants species that grow in our gardens, and then create a garden-in-a-pot to take home. Participants will be provided with a container, plants and all materials needed to create a potted plant. For ages 18 and above. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Herb Gardens; Sunday, April 9; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
$10/garden

Vegetable Gardens; Sunday, April 23; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
$10/garden


Senior Stroll - Spring

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists each month on a leisurely stroll through a Kane County forest preserve. Learn about the natural and cultural history of each preserve. The strolls last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk. Donations are accepted to cover the cost of refreshments. No registration required.

Thursday, March 2; 10 a.m. - noon
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
FREE

Thursday, April 6; 10 a.m. - noon
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve

35W003 IL Rt. 31, South Elgin
FREE

Thursday, May 4; 10 a.m. - noon
Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve

16N900 Sleepy Hollow Rd., West Dundee
FREE

Nature Book Group

Calling all book-lovers and nature enthusiasts: join our Nature Book Group! Every month we'll discuss a book about the environment, nature, or related topics covering a broad range of issues. A diversity of viewpoints will be represented. Purchase or borrow and read the book(s) in advance and come ready for a lively and informative discussion! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Wednesday, Feb. 15; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman
Monday, March 13; 1-2:30 p.m.; or Wednesday, March 15; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Monday, April 17; 1-2:30 p.m.; or Wednesday, April 19; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry
Monday, May 15; 1-2:30 p.m.; or Wednesday, May 17; 7-8:30 p.m.

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


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 programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Feb. 16; 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Les Arends Forest Preserve

2S731 Lincoln Way, Rt. 31, Batavia
FREE

Thursday, March 16; 5-7 p.m.
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve

35W003 IL Rt. 31, South Elgin
FREE

Thursday, April 27; 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Thursday, May 18; 6-8 p.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., St. Charles
FREE


Nature Explorations for Twenties and Thirties

We're teaming up with the Geneva Public Library to offer nature programs for adults in their twenties and thirties. Check out these fun spring topics! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

From Sap to Syrup
Saturday, March 25; 1-3 p.m.

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

Fabyan on Foot
Thursday, May 25; 7-8:30 p.m.

Fabyan Forest Preserve
1500 Crissy Ave., Geneva
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.

Spring Flora

The woodlands are carpeted in magnificent wildflowers this time of year. Botanist Jack Shouba will teach methods of identifying these ephemeral beauties. You'll learn the key characteristics of major plant families represented from our live flora. Bring a hands lens if you have one. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, April 30; 1-3 p.m.
Norris Woods

Johnor and Third Avenues, St. Charles
Fee: $10/person


Big Tree Workshop

Illinois may be known as the Prairie State, but we've got some awesome trees as well! You can help discover and document the giants as part of the Kane County Big Tree Program. This program encourages citizens to appreciate, record and report the largest native trees in Kane County. Learn how to get involved during this program, which includes classroom instruction and outdoor training in tree measurement. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, May 7; 10 a.m. - noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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