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white oak Nature Programs for All Ages

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.

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Nature holds lots of treasures in winter, from animal tracks, to snowflakes, to seeds. On this naturalist-guided hike, we'll go on a winter scavenger hunt to see what we can find. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Feb. 17; 10-11 a.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
FREE

By the Light of the Moon

Learn the legends of the moon on these monthly night hikes. Traditional cultures have names for each month's full moon, signifying important natural events of the season. Listen to the stories and learn a little astronomy by the light of the full moon. We'll enjoy a night hike even if skies are cloudy. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Hunter's Moon
Wednesday, Oct. 24; 6 - 7 p.m.

Pingree Grove Forest Preserve
14N187 US Rte. 20
FREE

Wolf Moon
Sunday, Jan. 20; 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
FREE

Snow Moon
Wednesday, Feb. 20; 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls
40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE

Maple Sugaring Days - March 2 & March 3, 2019

Mark your calendar for this sweet sign of spring: Maple Sugaring Days are March 2nd & March 3, 2019. Join us for our annual maple-tapping festival. We'll explore the art, science and folklore of the "sugar bush" or maple grove, from early Native American times to the modern sugaring industry. District naturalists will deomonstrate how to tap a maple tree, and you'll have hte opportunity to try your hand at drilling and setting a tap. We'll simmer sap over an open fire and watch as it thickens to syrup. There will be a "Sugarin' Time" hike, during which you'll learn how to distinguish maples from other species of hardwood trees in the woodland. No registration is required. For more information, call 630-444-3190.

Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3; Noon - 3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Earth Day Open House

Earth Day is everyday at Creek Bend Nature Center, but today is extra special! Celebrate with us during nature center hours, from noon - 4 p.m. There will be Earth Day themed crafts in the nature center, and a scavenger hunt. A naturalist-guided hike will take place from 1-2 p.m. Meet at the Nature Center for the walk.

Saturday, April 20; Noon - 4 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Wildflower Folklore

Learn the names and colorful stories of wildflowers during this naturalist-guided walk. We'll look for natives like Jack-in-the-pulpit, may-apple, and toothwort. We'll learn how they got their names. We'll also discover plants with multiple aliases, such as wake robin, dog-tooth violet, and touch-me-not. This program is for all-ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, May 12; 10-11 a.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Garden Workshops

Create a garden in-a-pot while learning the stories of herbs, flowers, and vegetables. Participants will be provided with a container, plants and all materials needed to create a potted garden. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Culinary Herbs
Sunday, May 5; 10-11 a.m.

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 Rte. 25, St. Charles
Fee: $10/garden

Flowers for Spring
Sunday, May 19; 10-11 a.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $10/garden

Nighttime Nature: Flying Squirrels

Ever wonder what goes on in the woods after dark? Some of our local wildlife prefers the cover of night to get out and look for food and friendship. Explore Elburn Forest Preserve with us as we learn about and seek Kane County's smallest tree squirrel, the southern flying squirrel. We'll start with a brief presentation in the shelter, then head out for a flashlight-free night hike - the better to channel our inner flying squirrel and use our night vision! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, May 24; 8-9 p.m.
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 IL Rte. 38, Maple Park
FREE

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