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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.

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.

The World of Spiders

They’re creepy, they’re crawly, and they’re cool! They’re also very important in our lives. How? Come to this program to find out! We’ll search nooks and crannies, high and low for spiders. If we catch a few, we’ll look at them close up, and then let them go. Please bring a flashlight. We’ll supply the “bug jars.” Registration required. Please call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com..

Saturday, Sept. 20; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Pingree Grove Forest Preserve

14N187 U.S. Rte. 20, Hampshire
FREE

As Darkness Falls

When the sky grows dark, the forests come alive with nocturnal animals. On these naturalist-guided night hikes, we’ll walk through the shadowy darkness and learn about the denizens of the dark. The hikes are open to all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. (This program is designed for families. Scout groups must register separately for a group program.) Registration required. Please call 630- 444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

Saturday Oct. 4; 7-8:30 p.m.
Hannaford Woods Forest Preserve

5S002 Merrill Road (approximately 1 mile east of IL Route 47), Sugar Grove
Fee: $2/person, $8/family of four or more.

Saturday, Oct. 11; 7-8:30 p.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $2/person, $8/family of four or more.

Saturday, Oct. 18; 7-8:30 p.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
Fee: $2/person, $8/family of four or more.

Scary Stories in the Woods

Gather around the campfire for an evening of scary stories told by master storytellers A. Denise Farrugia and Donna Detman of the St. Charles Public Library. This program is exclusively for children (grades three and above) and adults. Registration required. Please call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 8–9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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.
 
Seeds
Thursday, Sept. 11; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve
43W231 Main St., Elburn
Fee: $2/person; $8/family of four or more

Owls of Illinois
Thursday, Oct. 9; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve
35W076 Villa Marie Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $2/person; $8/family of four or more

White-Tail Deer
Thursday, Nov. 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Hampshire Forest Preserve
44W880 Allen Rd., Hampshire
Fee: $2/person; $8/family of four or more

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