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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. 

Little Sprouts Camp

Introduce your preschool-age child to the wonders of nature during "Little Sprouts Camp." This week of half-day camps offers stories, games and short explorations into the nearby woods. We’ll discover butterflies, wildflowers, trees and more. Activities will be held both inside the nature center and outside in the woods. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12; 9-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $110/child

Week in the Woods Day Camps

During these five-day nature camps at Creek Bend Nature Center, children explore the woods and fields of LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve with our naturalist staff. Through nature hikes, fun games and activities, children will discover native animals and plants in their habitats and learn the importance of these living things in the web of life. Each day will bring an exciting new adventure, and each week will have a different nature theme. Campers will be divided into two age groups: children entering grades 1 through 3; and children entering grades 4 through 6. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register. Dates and themes include:

  • Junior Scientists:This camp is all the investigative fun, minus the lab coat. Campers will gain scientific skills such as observation and measurement, while exploring the outdoors. Gadget gurus will love this camp, as we’ll use hand lenses, dissecting scopes, dip nets and plant presses to form our theories. We’ll sample pond life, learn about woodland animals, and discover prairie plants.

  • Nature’s Superheroes:In nature, there are lots of animals that perform amazing feats, and no cape is required! Kids will learn about the awesome adaptations of spiders, bats, snakes and more. We’ll search the woods, the creek, and the prairie to find real life examples of nature’s superheroes.

  • Earn Your Naturalist Badge:Learn what it takes to be a naturalist, and earn the badge to prove it. Campers will hike forest preserve trails alongside District naturalists and learn to identify plants and animals. Through games and activities, the kids will have plenty of fun ways to explore. At the end of the week, each camper will receive an apprentice naturalist badge to acknowledge their accomplishment.


Junior Scientists
Monday, June 15 – Friday, June 19; 9 a.m. - noon

Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $125/child

Nature's Superheroes
Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26; 9 a.m. - noon

Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $125/child

Earn Your Naturalist Badge
Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 3; 9 a.m. - noon

Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $125/child

Junior Scientists
Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10; 9 a.m. - noon

Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $125/child

Nature's Superheroes
Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17; 9 a.m. - noon

Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $125/child

Earn Your Naturalist Badge
Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24; 9 a.m. - noon

Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $125/child

Twilight Camp

Twilight is a special time when nature's day shift gives way to the night shift. Twilight camp offers the unique experience of exploring the woods and fields during the "in-between" time. Activities include evening hikes through the woods, games and nature projects. The week culminates in a family campfire night, complete with a campfire, 'smores, storytelling, a night hike and star-gazing. This is for children entering grades 3 through 6. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31; 7-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $110/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. Saint 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. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, May 8; 10:30-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Friday, June 5; 10:30-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Friday, July 10; 10:30-11 a.m.”
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Friday, June 5; 10:30-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Friday, Aug. 14; 10:30-11 a.m.”
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

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