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Senior Stroll

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists the first Thursday of every month for a pleasant stroll in our natural areas. 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 following the walk. In the event of severe weather, call 630-444-3190 for cancellation information. Wear sturdy shoes. You may wish to bring insect repellent and sunscreen. Donations are accepted to cover the cost of refreshments. No registration required.

Thursday, June 4; 10 a.m. - noon
Rutland Forest Preserve

41W230 Big Timber Rd., Hampshire

Thursday, July 2; 10 a.m. - noon
Dick Young Forest Preserve

39W115 Main St., Batavia

Thursday, Aug. 6; 10 a.m. - noon
Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve

42W797 Rohrsen Rd., Hampshire

Thursday, Sept. 3; 10 a.m - noon
Grunwald Farms Forest Preserve

02S035 North Lorang Rd., Elburn

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.

A Sense of Place: Tekakwitha Woods

From dance hall to spiritual retreat center, Tekakwitha Woods has had a fascinating history. Learn about the origin of the preserve's name, its cultural history and ecology. From her decades as a naturalist and four years living on site, Nature Programs Manager Valerie Blaine will provide an in-depth look at Tekakwitha's past, present and future. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Tuesday, June 2; 7-8:30 p.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/person

Botany of Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

Restoration management has brought positive changes in the plant communities at Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls in northern Kane County. The area, part of the Freeman Kame Forest Preserve, was once choked by non-native, invasive plants. After three years of habitat restoration work, native plants are now returning. Forest Preserve District of Kane County's Restoration Technician Andy Olnas will lead a tour of the site, showcasing the botanical results of the vegetation management work. The emphasis will be on plant identification, both native and non-native. Olnas will point out the botanical "surprises" that have shown up, as well as the invasive species that continue to present challenges. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Thursday, June 18; 6-8 p.m.
Freeman Kame, Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
Fee: $10/person

Conservation of the American Kestrel

The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon species found in North America. The decline in kestrel populations across its range has prompted conservation efforts to bolster this important bird. Taylor Joray, graduate student at Illinois State University, has been studying Kane County's kestrels for three years. He has installed and monitored nest boxes in forest preserves and other natural areas throughout the region. Joray will present the results from his data and describe the methods employed to boost their population numbers. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Sunday, July 19; 1-3 p.m.
Peck Farm Park

4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Fee: $10/person

A Sense of Place: Muirhead Springs

Ever hunt for dragons? Wonder what a darner is? Learn all about damselflies, dragonflies and darners on this guided hike. We'll hunt for these cool insects in their native habitat and observe some specimens up close. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Wednesday, Aug. 12; 7-8:30 p.m.
Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve

42W797 Rohrsen Rd., Hampshire
Fee: $10/person