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Nature Explorations for Twenties and Thirties

We're teaming up with the Geneva Public Library to offer nature programs for adults in their twenties and thirties. Check out these fun spring topics! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Fabyan on Foot
Thursday, May 25; 7-8:30 p.m.

Fabyan Forest Preserve
1500 Crissy Ave., Geneva
FREE

Smart Art: Nature Photography with a Smartphone

Have you ever spotted something really cool in nature and wished you could get a good photo? A smartphone camera may be just the tool for the job. Learn how this electronic device can help you engage with nature, and how you can maximize your discoveries through your phone’s camera. In this outdoor class, professional photographer Emily Cudworth will help students “see” nature through the lens of a smartphone camera. We’ll head into the field to discover new subject matter in the natural world. Emily will guide students in learning the effects of light on natural objects, composition, and technique. Students will have an opportunity for feedback, and for sharing their work. For ages 16 and above. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, July 15, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Location TBD
Fee: $20/person


Twenties and Thirties

This naturalist-guided walk for adults in their twenties and thirties is co-sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County and the Geneva Public Library. We’ll walk the grounds of the lovely historic Fabyan Forest Preserve along the Fox River. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, July 15; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Fabyan West Forest Preserve

1925 Batavia Ave., Rt. 31, Geneva
FREE


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.

  • Thursday, June 1; 10 a.m. – noon
    Oakhurst Forest Preserve

    1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
    FREE

  • Thursday, July 6; 10 a.m. – noon
    Fabyan East Forest Preserve

    1500 Crissey Ave., Geneva
    FREE

  • Thursday, Aug. 3; 10 a.m. – noon
    Campton Forest Preserve

    4N379 Town Hall Rd., St. Charles
    FREE

  • Thursday, Sept. 7; 10 a.m. – noon
    Pingree Grove Forest Preserve

    14N187 US Route 20, Hampshire
    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.

Mosquitoes, Ecology, and You

They buzz, bite, annoy, and frustrate you until you can’t stand to be outside anymore. Mosquitoes are pests that persist year after year, despite human efforts to eliminate them. We may despise them, but mosquitoes 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, June 18, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Peck Farm Park

4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Fee: $10


Summer Tree Identification

Learn the basics of tree identification with Nature Programs Manager Valerie Blaine. We’ll look at the whole tree in its environment, observing not only leaves but bark, branches, leaf scars, buds, form, habit and habitat. Please bring a hands lens, if you have one. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • Sunday, June 25; 1 – 3 p.m.
    Hannaford Woods/Nickels Farm Forest Preserve

    5S002 Merrill Rd., Sugar Grove
    Fee: $10

  • Wednesday, June 28; 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Rutland Forest Preserve

    41W230 Big Timber Rd., Hampshire
    Fee: $10

Bats: Illinois’ Flying Mammals

Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight. There are some 1,000 species, worldwide. Learn more about these fascinating mammals and their niche in local ecology. Trish Burns, Manager of Peck Farm Park in Geneva will present the life histories and ecological management challenges of bats. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, July 16, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Peck Farm Park

4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Fee: $10


Dragonflies and Damselflies: “Triassic Park” Survivors

Learn how to identify our native dragonflies and damselflies and attract them to your local pond or wetland. During this two-hour workshop presented by environmental biologist Cathy White, you’ll learn about these amazing creatures and then get the chance to examine them in their native habitat while we explore the nearby aquatic systems. Please bring an insect net, if you have one. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Aug. 26; 10 a.m. – Noon
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person

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