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white oak Nature Programs for Adults

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. In the winter, we move indoors. Join us for the following gatherings:

  • Thursday, Nov. 2; 10 a.m. – Noon
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    FREE

  • Holiday Potluck: Thursday, Dec. 7; 10 a.m. – Noon
    The Barbara Belding Lodge

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

  • Meet the Rangers: Thursday, Jan. 4; 10 a.m. – Noon
    The Barbara Belding Lodge

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

  • Isle Royale: A Superior Wilderness: Thursday, Feb. 1; 10 a.m. – Noon
    The Barbara Belding Lodge

    Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
    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, Nov. 11; 9 - 11 a.m.
    Grunwald Forest Preserve

    02S035 Lorang Rd., Elburn
    FREE

    Thursday, Dec. 9; 9 - 11 a.m.
    Freeman Kame Forest Preserve

    40W346 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
    FREE

    Saturday, Jan. 6; 9 - 11 a.m.
    Dick Young Forest Preserve

    2S326 Nelson Lake Rd., Batavia
    FREE

    Thursday, Feb. 15; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Aurora West Forest Preserve

    40W032 Hankes Rd., Aurora
    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.

    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. 27; 1-3 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center

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


    From Glaciers to Wildflowers

    Discover how Illinois' living landscape came to be, with geologist, professor, and author Raymond Wiggers. Ray's talk will explore the origins of Illinois some 20,000 years ago when the landscape was a forbidding ice desert. He will describe the changes since the last glaciation, and the evolution of the Prairie State's landscapes, soils, and plant communities into their present forms. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Saturday, Feb. 24; 1-2 p.m.
    Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

    3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles
    Fee: $15/person

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