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Senior Stroll - Winter

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. During the winter months, our program moves indoors. Donations are accepted to cover the cost of refreshments. No registration required.

Holiday Potluck: Thursday, Dec. 1; 10 a.m. - noon
The Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 Rte. 25, Saint Charles
FREE

Wildflowers in Winter: Thursday, Jan. 5; 10 a.m. - noon
The Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 Rte. 25, Saint Charles
FREE

Travels with Josh - The Dry Tortugas: Thursday, Feb. 2; 10 a.m. - noon
The Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 Rte. 25, Saint Charles
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.

In Control of Nature by John McPhee
Wednesday, Nov. 16; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols
Wednesday, Dec. 14; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

The Art of Seeing Things: Essays by John Burrough, edited by Charlotte Walker
Wednesday, Jan. 18; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Saturday, Nov. 12; 9-11 a.m.
Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve

42W855 Bahr Rd., Hampshire
FREE

Saturday, Jan. 7; 9-11 p.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
FREE

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

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.

A Rose by Any Other Name

Botanist Jack Shouba will focus on the scientific names of plants in order to de-mystify them. He will reveal the reasoning behind scientific names and how to make sense of them all. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thrusday, Jan. 26; 7-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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


Winter Tree Identification

Learn how to identify trees without leaves, during this class. Nature Programs Manager Valerie Blaine will demonstrate the importance of bark, branches, twigs, leaf scars and buds in tree identification. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Jan. 28; 1-3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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


Plant Pathology and Parasites

What's wrong with my maple tree? Who's eating the leaves on my shrubs? Learn the fundamentals of identifying problems with your outdoor plants during this class with College of DuPage Instructor Donna Danielson. We'll discuss diseases, insects and the challenges of growing plants outdoors. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Wednesday, Feb. 22; 7-9 p.m.
The Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 Rte. 25, Saint Charles
Fee: $15/person

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