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Senior Stroll - Summer

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, July 7; 10 a.m.-noon
Binnie Marsh Forest Preserve

38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
FREE

Thursday, Aug. 4; 10 a.m.-noon
Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve

39W933 Russell Rd., Elgin
FREE

Thursday, Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-noon
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
(Meet at shelter on south side of Dean St.)
FREE

Senior Stroll - Fall

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, Sept. 1; 10 a.m. - noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles - (Meet at Great Western Trail on south side of Dean St.)
FREE

Thursday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m. - noon
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 IL Route 38, Maple Park
FREE

Thursday, Nov. 3; 10 a.m. - noon
Burnidge Forest Preserve

14N035 Coombs Rd., Elgin
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, July 21; 6-8 p.m.
Grunwald Forest Preserve

02S035 Lorang Rd., Elburn
FREE

Thursday, Aug. 18; 6-8 p.m.
Freeman Kame Forest Preserve

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
(Meet at parking lot at Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls)
FREE
Thursday, Sept. 8; 5-7 p.m.
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
(Meet at Great Western Trail on south side of Dean St.)
FREE

Thursday, Oct. 20; 4-6 p.m.
Campton Forest Preserve

4N379 Town Hall Rd., Saint Charles
FREE

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

42W855 Bahr Rd., Hampshire
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.

Runes of the North by Sigurd Olson
Wednesday, July 20; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
Wednesday, Aug. 17; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

The Unpublished Journals of John Muir by Linnie Marsh Wolfe
Wednesday, Sept. 21; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Wednesday, Oct. 19; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

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

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.

Fire: A prescription for Ecosystem Health

Fire is one of the most important natural agents of change. Recognizing its vital role in ecosystem health, land managers prescribe burning as a management tool. Trish Burns, the manager of Peck Farm Park in the Geneva Park District, will lead this class on prescribed burns. We’ll discuss the fire-adapted natural communities in our area and the dynamic element of fire as a management tool. The program will start in the classroom, and then continue outdoors to observe natural areas that were burned last spring. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Aug. 14; 10-11:30 a.m.
Peck Farm Park

4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
(Meet at the Orientation Barn)
Fee: $10/person


Primrose Farm

Today the farmyard at Primrose is filled with cows mooing, roosters crowing, and children learning, but how did we get here? What did our present-day living history farm actually look like in the 1930s? What led people to settle this land in the first place? Come explore the natural and cultural history of this unique site with naturalist Pam Otto and historian Laura Johns. This one-of-a-kind Learn from the Experts includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride and a sunset snack in the Summer Kitchen. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Aug. 18; 6:30-8 p.m.
Primrose Farm Park

5N726 Crane Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/person


Harvesting Seed for Habitat Restoration

Learn why and how ecologists harvest native plant seeds during this two-part program. Forest Preserve District Restoration Ecologist Pat Chess will begin the class with an overview of seed identification, ripeness, and harvest techniques. He'll discuss how seeds are processed for storage and later sowing. We'll then go out in the field to put into practice the techniques we have learned. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Sept. 10; 2-4 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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


Fall Tree Identification

This field class will begin with an introduction to basic plant morphology needed for tree identification. We'll take a walk on the wooded trails to learn the common hardwood trees. Students will learn several methods of tree identification. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Oct. 15; 1-3 p.m.
Freeman Kame Forest Preserve

40W346 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
Fee: $10/person


Bridging Cultures on Sacred Land

Acclaimed author Kent Nerburn will speak about chasms and connections between Native Americans and non-native cultures in the United States. In this presentation, Nerburn will weave spiritual values, the sacredness of land, and Native American perspectives on the changing world. Nerburn has garnered numerous awards for his books including: Neither Wolf nor Dog, The Wolf at Twilight and The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, Nov. 4; 7-8:30 p.m.
Stephen Persinger Recreation Center

3507 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Fee: $20/person

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