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Senior Stroll - Spring

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, March 7; 10 a.m. - Noon
Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE

Thursday, April 4; 10 a.m. - Noon
Oakhurst Forest Preserve

1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
FREE

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

41W230 Big Timber Rd., Hampshire
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. 14; 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Hannaford Woods Forest Preserve

5S002 Merrill Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Thursday, March 21; 5-7 p.m.
Bowes Creek Woods Forest Preserve

9N420 Crawford Rd., Elgin
FREE

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

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

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

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
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.

AMphibians in the AM

When we talk about spring migration, it's birds that get all the glory but our local salamanders and frogs undertake an impressive trek as well. Restoration Ecologist Ryan Solomon and Nature Program Manager Pam Otto of the St. Charles Park District will explain amphibian reproductive behaviors and their importance for land management. Following this indoor lecture, we'll head into the field to find amphibians in the wetlands. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, March 9; 8-10 a.m.
Hickory Knolls Discover Center

3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles
$10/person

In Search of Giants: The Kane County Big Tree Program

Learn how to find and document Kane County's biggest trees and become a champion! The Kane County Big Tree Program encourages citizens to appreciate, record and report the largest native trees in the county. This workshop will begin with classroom instruction covering tree measurement techniques and the protocol for nominating trees in the program. Then, we'll head outdoors to practice measuring trees. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, March 10; 10-11:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
$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 programs@kaneforest.com 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
$10/person

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; 1-3 p.m.

Location to be determined
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

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