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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. 

Wild Things Wednesdays

This program series will offer a new adventure each week. These naturalist-led programs will include hikes and activities based on weekly themes. We’ll explore the woods, search for wildlife in the prairie, wade in the creek learning about aquatic life and more! The program is designed for kids entering 1st through 6th grades. You may register your child for one, two, or any combination of these programs. All programs are held at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. Drop off and pick up will be at Creek Bend Nature Center. The fee for each program is $30/session or, $200 for all 8 programs. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Extreme Animals
Wednesday, June 14; 9 a.m. – Noon

Creek Exploration
Wednesday, June 21; 9 a.m. – Noon

Wildlife Tracking
Wednesday, June 28; 9 a.m. – Noon

The Gross, the Bad and the Yucky
Wednesday, July 5; 9 a.m. – Noon

Extreme Plants
Wednesday, July 12; 9 a.m. – Noon

Flying Animals
Wednesday, July 19; 9 a.m. – Noon

Swimming Animals
Wednesday, July 26; 9 a.m. – Noon

Survival/Primitive Skills
Wednesday, July 26; 9 a.m. – Noon


Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $30/session or, $200 for all 8 sessions


The Woods at Twilight

As the sun sets and the woods grow dark, the nocturnal world unfolds. Children entering grades 3-6 are welcome to learn about the ecology of the nocturnal world during these evening programs. The naturalists will lead a night hike with trail-side activities. We’ll conclude the evening with a campfire. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1; 7 – 9 p.m.
    Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

    40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
    Fee: $10/person

  • Tuesday, Aug. 8; 7 – 9 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

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

  • Thursday, Aug. 10; 7 – 9 p.m.
    Glenwood Forest Preserve

    1644 South River St., Batavia
    Fee: $10/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.

  • Flower Power
    Thursday, May 25; 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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

  • Be a Bird Sleuth
    Thursday, June 22; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

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

  • 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

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.

  • Flower Power
    Thursday, May 25; 1-2 p.m.

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

  • Be a Bird Sleuth
    Thursday, June 22; 1 – 2 p.m.

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

  • 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

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, June 9; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, June 23; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, July 21; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 11; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 25; 10:30 – 11 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles;
    FREE

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