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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. 

Camp Open House

It's time to think summer! Stop by Creek Bend Nature Center to learn more about the Forest Preserve District of Kane County’s “Week in the Woods” Summer Day Camps and Twilight Camp.
 
During this open house, parents and kids will meet with our naturalists and learn about the fun summer camp activities we have planned. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, and to pick up registration forms. You may register at the open house and/or turn-in any required forms at this time.
 
Saturday, April 26; noon - 4 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Spring Story Times at Creek Bend Nature Center

Saint Charles Public Library staff 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.  Advance registration is required.  Please sign up for only one story time per month. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Friday, May 9; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Nature by Stroller

Bring your four-wheeler and the diaper bag, click the seat belt on the baby and enjoy a “guided stroll” with Naturalist Erica Lemon. We’ll take a relaxed walk on stroller-friendly trails and soak in the seasonal joys of nature. Fussy as well as quiet babies are welcome, interruptions are expected, and feeding and/or diaper stops are allowed! Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Friday, April 25, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Dick Young Forest Preserve
39W115 Main St., Batavia
FREE
 
Friday, May 16, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve,
39W933 Russell Road, Elgin
FREE

Nature Tykes

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.
 
Cottontails
Wednesday, April 16, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $5/child
 
Busy Beavers
Wednesday, 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

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.
 
Cottontails
Wednesday, April 16, 1 – 2 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $5/child
 
Busy Beavers
Wednesday, May 21, 1 – 2 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $5/child

 

Week in the Woods: Summer Day Camps

During these five-day nature camps, children will 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!  Detailed information provided upon registration. Registration fee is $50/child. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

 
CAMPS AT LEROY OAKES FOREST PRESERVE IN SAINT CHARLES
 
For children entering grades 1-2
Monday, June 9 – Friday, June 13; 9 a.m. – noon
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $50/child
 
For children entering grades 3-5
Monday, June 16 – Friday, June 20; 9 a.m. – noon
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $50/child
 
 
CAMPS AT BURNIDGE FOREST PRESERVE IN ELGIN
 
For children entering grades 1-2
Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27; 9 a.m. - noon
Burnidge Forest Preserve
38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
Fee: $50 per child
 
For children entering grades 3-5
Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11; 9 a.m. – noon
Burnidge Forest Preserve
38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
Fee: $50 per child
 
 
CAMPS AT JOHNSON'S MOUND FOREST PRESERVE IN ELBURN
 
For children entering grades 1-2
Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18; 9 a.m. – noon
Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve
41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
Fee: $50/child
 
For children entering grades 3-5
Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25; 9 a.m. – noon
Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve
41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
Fee: $50/child

Little Sprouts Camp for Pre-Kindergarteners

Introduce your child to the wonders of nature! In this camp, there will be nature 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. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. This camp is for 4, 5, and 6 year-olds entering kindergarten.
 
Monday, June 2 - Friday, June 6
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles

Monday, July 28 – Friday, Aug. 1
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles

Twilight Camp

Discover a whole new world of wildlife during this evening summer camp at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.  We’ll learn about the native animals that are out and about at dusk.  Camp activities will include hikes with the naturalists through the woods and prairie, games, stories, and a campfire on the last night of camp. Advance registration is required. To register, call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.
 
For children entering grades 3 - 5
Monday, Aug. 4 – Thursday, Aug. 7; 7-9 p.m.
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $40/child
 
 

Summer Story Times at Creek Bend Nature Center

Saint Charles Public Library staff 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.  Advance registration is required.  Please sign up for only one story time per month. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, June 13; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE
 
Friday, July 11; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE
 
Friday, July 25; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE
 
Friday, Aug. 8; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE
 
Friday, Aug. 22; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

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