Skip Navigation Links
Registration
Children
Family
Adults/Learn from the Experts

white oak Nature Programs for Family

All ages are welcome to attend family programs unless an age limit is specified. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Organized groups must schedule a separate tour for their group. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Herb Garden Workshop

People have been cultivating herbs for thousands of years – basil, sage, rosemary, oregano, and thyme, to name a few. Some herbs are medicinal, some sacramental, and some culinary. Learn the fascinating history of these plants, and make an herb garden to take home. The plants may be transplanted in your garden, or grown as potted herbs. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Saturday, April 19; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/garden

Earth Day Tree-Planting Event

Calling all volunteers! Come join Forest Preserve District staff and neighbors as we plant hundreds of oak trees in honor of Earth Day.  We’ll dig the holes if you plant the trees! Simply plant the tree in pre-dug holes. Tamp down the dirt. Water, then mulch. It’s easy! This is a perfect event for groups or individuals. All ages are welcome. Be sure to arrive at 10 a.m. sharp. We’ll plant trees until 1 p.m. or until we run out — whichever comes first! Bring work gloves. if you like
 
Saturday, April 19; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve
(Note: Please use the Russell Road entrance.)
39W933 Russell Rd., Elgin
FREE
 

Earth Day Hike

Celebrate Earth Day with a guided hike through the woods and prairie. We’ll look for wildlife and wildflowers during this special walk. There will be hands-on activities and stories along the trail. Advance registration is required. To register, call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.
 
Tuesday, April 22; 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Fairy Gardens for Mother’s Day

Make Mom a special gift! In this workshop, we’ll gather natural material to incorporate in fairy gardens to give for Mother’s Day. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. To register, call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.
 
Saturday, May 3; 1 – 2 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/garden

Homeschool Explorations

This program series is specially designed for home school families with children ages 5-10, although all ages are welcome.  Each month we cover a new topic at a different forest preserve, with lots of hands-on activities and plenty of fun. Space is limited for this popular program. Please call ahead to reserve your spot. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 to register or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.
 
Thursday, May 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Rutland Forest Preserve
Hampshire
Fee: $2/person; $8/family of four or more

Spring Wildflowers

The woods are carpeted with beautiful blossoms in the spring. Learn about our many native wildflowers during this naturalist-guided walk. We’ll learn about the names and the stories behind these diverse flowers.
 
Saturday, May 10, 10 – 11 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve
35W076 Villa Marie Rd., St. Charles
FREE

Spring Wetland Plug Planting

Help plant thousands of native wetland plugs at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia. All are welcome to participate in this Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicagoland project.  Everyone’s invited to stay for complimentary refreshments, following the planting. This event is perfect for individuals or groups. Please bring work gloves and dress in clothes you would wear gardening. Advance registration is only required for groups of 6 or more. Call 630-640-1149 or e-mail haberthurben@kaneforest.com for more information
 
Saturday, May 17; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dick Young Forest Preserve
(Note: Meet at the Main Street entrance)
39W115 Main St., Batavia
FREE
 

Damsels, Dragons & Darners

Ever hunt for dragons? Ever seen a beautiful damsel? Wonder what a darner is? Learn all about damselflies, dragonflies and darners on this guided hike. We’ll “hunt” for these awesome insects in their native habitat and observe some specimens up close. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Saturday, June 28; 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve
35W076 Villa Marie Rd., Saint Charles
FREE

Firefly Fireworks

Firefly Fireworks
How does a glow worm glow?  Why does a lightning bug light?  Is firefly light hot?  Learn the answers to these questions and explore the fascinating world of brilliant bugs during our evening firefly programs.  We’ll begin our walk at dusk and watch the night time magic begin as thousands of fireflies rise from the prairie. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Tuesday, July 8; 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Campton Forest Preserve
4N379 Town Hall Rd., Saint Charles
FREE

River Ramble

The Fox River is one of the most prominent geological features in our community. While often taken for granted, the river is vital to the many species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals that call it home. During this program, we’ll take a leisurely ramble along the eastern banks of the river, learning about its natural and cultural history. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Saturday, July 19, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Glenwood Park Forest Preserve
1644 S. River St., Batavia
FREE

Bike the Great Western Trail

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the Great Western Trail with Forest Preserve District naturalists. Participants will meet at the Creek Bend Nature Center for a quick safety check, and then the group will hit the trail. We’ll enjoy the natural features along the way, with interpretation of the natural and cultural history. Please provide your own helmet and bicycle. The ride will be around 10 miles round-trip. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Saturday, July 26; 9-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Bat Watch

Bats are noisy creatures, but our ears can’t hear them.  Unless, of course, we use a super special “Bat Detector!”  This device picks up the bats’ “clicks” used in echolocation.  We’ll use the bat detector to locate bats and follow their movements.  We’ll also play some bat games and learn about bat ecology.  Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Tuesday, July 29; 8-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE
 
Wednesday, July 30; 8-9 p.m.
Binnie Forest Preserve
38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
FREE

Creek Exploration

Dip your toes in the water and enjoy a naturalist-guided exploration of the watery world of creeks. We’ll see aquatic life up close and personal.  Wear shorts and bring an extra pair of shoes for wading.  Adults must accompany children in the water.  Minimum age: 5 years. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Tuesday, July 1; 10-11 a.m.
Tyler Creek Forest Preserve
401 Davis Rd., Elgin
(Note: Meet at Shelter #1)
FREE
 
Wednesday, Aug. 6; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE
 

Passport to Adventure

Take an adventure this summer at local museums with the Passport to Adventure program.  Participating sites in the Forest Preserve District of Kane County include Creek Bend Center, the Durant House Museum, and Pioneer Sholes School at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in Saint Charles; and the Fabyan Villa Museum in Geneva,. The Passport program encourages children and their parents to visit a variety of history, nature, science and art museums to explore the people, events and environment of the area.  Children ages 4 through 12 will experience the world around them through exhibits and activities at each site they visit.  The program is sponsored by the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association, the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association and a host of other partner agencies.  Passport booklets are available in late May at the Geneva and Saint Charles Public Libraries.  More information about the program is available at (630) 444-3190.

RETURN TO TOP