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Woodland Painting

Unleash your inner artist and create beautiful nature art with instructor Juliya Jensen from JJ's Crafty Creations! Juliya will guide you step-by-step in painting a nature-themed work f art. You don't need any background in painting! Each participant will go home with a lovely creation. For ages 16 and up. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, July 27; 7 – 9 p.m.
Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
Fee: 35/person


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, June 21; 6 - 8 p.m.
Lone Grove Forest Preserve

49W055 Perry Rd., Maple Park
FREE

Thursday, July 19; 6 - 8 p.m.
Hampshire Forest Preserve

44W880 Allen Rd., Hampshire
FREE

Thursday, Aug. 16; 6 - 8 p.m.
Fabyan East Forest Preserve

1500 Crissey Ave. Rte. 25, Geneva
FREE


Nature Dogs

Get the most out of hiking with your furry four-legged friend! This naturalist-guided program will cover trail etiquette for dog-walkers while providing a unique opportunity to socialize your dog. We'll also have fun identifying some of the plants, animals, tracks and trails that we come across. All dogs must have current vaccinations for rabies, distemper and parvovirus. Only one dog per participant. Pets must be leashed at all times. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Monday, June 11; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
$5/dog

Saturday, July 28; 9 – 10 a.m.
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
$5/dog

Sunday, Aug. 26; 9 – 10 a.m.
Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve

42W855 Bahr Rd., Hampshire
$5/dog


Senior Stroll

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. No registration is required. Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent and sunscreen. Join us for the following gatherings:

  • Thursday, June 7; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve

    35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
    FREE

  • Thursday, July 5; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Brunner Family Farm Forest Preserve

    18N681 Western Ave. Rte. 31, West Dundee
    FREE

  • Thursday, Aug. 2; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve

    43W231 Main St., Elburn
    FREE

  • Thursday, Sept. 6; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Burnidge Forest Preserve

    38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
    FREE


Exploring Nature by Kayak

Explore our local waterways by kayak during these paddling adventures! The series begins with shorter and less strenuous sessions for beginners. As the summer progresses, there will be increasingly longer paddles for intermediate skill levels. Each session includes instruction on basic kayaling techniques from a professional kayaking instructor. After the introductory training, we'll take to the water for a naturalist-led exploration of the fascinating plants and wildlife along the waterway. Participants may choose any number of sessions. The first session is recommended for novices, but it's not a pre-requisite for later sessions. For all sessions, participants must be 16 years or older, and be able to: -Hold breath under water while wearing a properly fitted life jacket -Independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping head above water -Effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants -Manage all mobility and personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion Advance registration is required at least 2 weeks prior to program. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Session 1: Kayaking Basics
Sunday, May 20; 10 a.m. - noon

Oakhurst Forest Preserve
1680 5th Ave., Aurora
$59/person

Session 2
Saturday, June 9; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Beginner, (3-4 miles).

Voyageur Landing Forest Preserve
50 Airport Rd., Elgin
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle); or $35/person if you provide your own kayak and equipment; fee includes shuttle service.

Session 3
Saturday, July 14; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Beginner - Intermediate (6-7 miles).

Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle); or $35/person if you provide your own kayak and equipment; fee includes shuttle service.

Session 4
Saturday, Aug. 11; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Beginner - Intermediate (6-7 miles).

Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle); or $35/person if you provide your own kayak and equipment; fee includes shuttle service.

Session 5
Sunday, Sept. 9; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Intermediate (4-5 miles with portage).

Fabyan Forest Preserve
1925 Batavia Ave., Geneva
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle); or $35/person if you provide your own kayak and equipment; fee includes shuttle service.

Session 6
Saturday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Intermediate - (7 miles with portage).

Glenwood Park Forest Preserve
1644 South River St., Batavia
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle); or $35/person if you provide your own kayak and equipment; fee includes shuttle service.

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.

Summer 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. Leaves, bark, branches, flowers and form are just some of the characteristics we'll look at. Reference material will be provided. Bring a hand lens if you have one. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, July 7; 9 - 11 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

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

Thursday, July 12; 6 - 8 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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


A Sense of Place: The Peck Farm Legacy

Dig deep into the agricultural history of Kane County during this presentation about the Peck Family. This prominent family used their skill, hard work and determination to build an award-winning sheep farm in the 19th century and their legacy continues today. In this presentation by Manager of Peck Farm Park Trish Burns, you'll learn the story of the Pecks in the context of Kane County's cultural and ecological history. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, July 15; 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Peck Farm Park

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


The Native Plant Garden in Summer

Learn how to select and maintain great, summer-blooming native plants for your garden in this class led by landscape architect Trish Beckjord. We'll look at examples of what to do and what not to do and see plantings at the Native Plant Demonstration Garden at the Pottawatomie Community Center. Trish will provide tips for summer garden care, so that you can help your native plants flourish. You'll also find out how your yard and garden can be part of the Conservation at Home program. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tuesday, July 17; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Pottawatomie Community Center

8 North Ave., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person


The Ecological and Cultural Impacts of Mosquitoes

Our native woodland, wetland and prairie communities include many species of flies (Diptera) including the notorious mosquitoes. We might despise mosquitoes as a whole, but they play an important role in ecology. Learn about the life cycles, dangers and benefits of these insects with Trish Burns, Manager of Peck Farm Park. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Aug. 5; 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Peck Farm Park

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

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