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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. 

Nature Tykes - Winter Series

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, and crafts. A parent or caregiver must accompany child. The programs will be held inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Sleepy Groundhogs
Thursday, Feb. 19, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 19, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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


Little Naturalists - Winter Series

In this hour-long program for 4-year olds, children will discover the wonders of nature through stories, nature hikes, songs, games, and crafts. The programs will be held inside Creek Bend Nature Center. (Note: This is a “drop-off” program; adults and siblings may enjoy the trails or wait in the nature center during the program.) Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sleepy Groundhogs
Thursday, February 19, 1 – 2 p.m.

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

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
Thursday, March 19, 1 – 2 p.m.

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

Story Time at the Nature Center - Spring Series

Staff from the Saint Charles Public Library bring books, finger plays, songs, and more for this fun program for children, infant through age 5. All are welcome to enjoy the interactive exhibits in the Nature Center following the program. Please limit registration to one Story Time per month. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, March 27; 10:30-11:00am
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Friday, April 10; 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Friday, May 8; 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Nature Tykes - Spring Series

In this program geared for 3 year olds, we will explore the natural world through stories, nature hikes, songs, games, and crafts. A parent or caregiver must accompany child. The programs will be held in the Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
March 19; 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

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

Nature Babies
Thursday, April 16; 9:30-10:15 a.m.

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

Salamander Surprise
Thursday, May 21; 9:30-10:15 a.m.

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

Little Naturalists - Spring Series

In this hour-long program for 4 year olds, children will discover the wonders of nature through stories, nature hikes, songs, games, and crafts. The programs will be held in the Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. (Note: This is a “drop-off” program; adults and siblings may enjoy the trails or wait in the nature center during the program.) Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb
March 19; 1-2 p.m.

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

Nature Babies
Thursday, April 16; 1-2 p.m.

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

Salamander Surprise
Thursday, May 21; 1-2 p.m.

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

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: $85/child

Week in the Woods Day Camps

During these five-day nature camps at Creek Bend Nature Center, children explore the woods and fields with our naturalist staff. Through hikes, nature 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 a new adventure! Each week will have two age groups: children entering grades 1 through 3; and children entering grades 4 through 6. Fee: $100/child. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Monday, June 15 – Friday, June 19; 9 a.m. - noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $100/child

Monday, June 22 – Friday, June 26; 9 a.m. - noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $100/child

Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 3; 9 a.m. - noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $100/child

Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10; 9 a.m. - noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $100/child

Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 17; 9 a.m. - noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $100/child

Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24; 9 a.m. - noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $100/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 an awesome campout for campers and their families, complete with a campfire, 'smores, storytelling, a night hike and star-gazing. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult family member for the campout. The family campout will be held on Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m. This is for children entering grades 3 through 5. Fee: $75/child. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tuesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 30; 7-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $75/child

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