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white oak Nature Programs for Children

Registration is required.   Many programs fill up quickly, so please register early to guarantee a spot. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. 

Survival Skills - Just for Teens

Do you have what it takes to "tough it" in the wilderness? What sorts of scenarios are conjured up thinking about survival? How can we potentially utilize the plants, fungi and animals around us? These ideas and more will be discussed with Forest Preserve District naturalists during an interactive, hands-on discussion and hike. This program is co-sponsored by the Geneva Public Library. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Sept. 2; 11 a.m. - Noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $2/person


Nature Tykes (for 3-year olds)

In this program geared for 3-year olds, we will explore the natural world through a variety of activities. Sessions include a combination of stories, nature hikes, songs, games, or crafts. A parent or caregiver must accompany child. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.


  • Toad-ally Fun!
    Thursday, July 27; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • A Prairie Wonderland
    Thursday, Aug. 24; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Turtle Time
    Thursday, Sept. 28; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Spider Mania
    Thursday, Oct. 26; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Leaf-o-Rama
    Thursday, Nov. 30; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child


  • Little Naturalists (for 4-5-year olds)

    In this hour-long program for 4-5 year olds, children will discover the wonders of nature through stories, nature hikes, songs, games, or crafts. (Note: This is a "drop-off" program; adults and siblings may enjoy the trails or wait in the nature center during program.) Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • Toad-ally Fun!
    Thursday, July 27; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • A Prairie Wonderland
    Thursday, Aug. 24; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Turtle Time
    Thursday, Sept. 28; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Spider Mania
    Thursday, Oct. 26; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Leaf-o-Rama
    Thursday, Nov. 30; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child


  • Story Time at Creek Bend Nature Center

    Treat your child to story times at Creek Bend Nature Center. This popular program series is for children (infants through 5-year olds) and their caregivers. St. Charles Public Library staff will read books, accompanied by finger plays, songs and more. All are welcome to enjoy the interactive exhibits in the Nature Center, following the program. All story times are free. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    • Friday, Aug. 11; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Friday, Aug. 25; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Friday, Sept. 15; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Friday, Oct. 20; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Friday, Nov. 17; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 1; 10:30 – 11 a.m.


      Creek Bend Nature Center
      LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

      37W700 Dean St., St. Charles;
      FREE

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