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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.

Firefly Fireworks

Explore the fascinating world of blinking bugs. This popular evening program begins with a walk and talk at dusk. District naturalists will explain how and why fireflies produce their eerie light. When darkness falls, we’ll watch the woods and prairie light up with thousands of flashing fireflies. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, July 8; 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Campton Forest Preserve

4N379 Town Hall Rd., St. Charles
FREE

Pioneer Hikes

Meet the naturalists at Creek Bend Nature Center for these Thursday afternoon hikes. Each walk will conclude at the Durant House, where weekly activities will take place. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • Fur-bearing Wildlife
    Thursday, June 8; 1 – 2 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    Fee: $5/person

  • Pollinators on the Prairie
    Thursday, June 22; 1 – 2 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    Fee: $5/person

  • Timber!
    Thursday, July 13; 1 – 2 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    Fee: $5/person

  • Snakes of the Prairie
    Thursday, July 27; 1 – 2 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St.Charles
    Fee: $5/person

Bat Watch

The fun starts at dusk if you’re an insectivorous bat, or if you’re someone who likes bats! During this program, we’ll find bats using our super-duper “Bat Detector.” This device picks up the bats’ “clicks” used in echolocation. We’ll also play some bat games and learn about bat ecology. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • Tuesday, July 25; 8 – 9 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    FREE

  • Saturday, July 29; 8 – 9 p.m.
    Binnie Forest Preserve

    38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
    FREE

Miniature Nature Masks

In many cultures, masks represent spirits of animals and elements in nature, like the sun. They can also project feelings of oneness, or even reflect processes like metamorphosis. In this nature inspired class, artist Greta Bell will lead a walk to find materials that you will use to create your own mask. You might discover animal teeth, hair, bones, feathers, acorns, sticks, seeds, etc. Step away from your everyday worries and take notice of the beautiful world around us. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Aug. 3; 1-3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $15/person

Family Fun Nights

Shake up your nightly routine this summer! Join us for a sunset hike and an easy craft. We’ll round out the night relaxing under the stars with an outdoor movie and popcorn. Below are three of our Family Fun Night programs. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • Summer Solstice Celebration
    The sky is full of wonders on the longest day of the year. We’ll learn why the day length changes throughout the seasons, how the earth tilts and other fun astronomical phenomena.
    Wednesday, June 21; 7:30 – 9 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    Fee: $5/person

  • What’s the Buzz?
    Insects of all stripes are busy in the prairies this time of year. We’ll find some of these cool creatures and learn about the important job of pollination.
    Thursday, July 20; 7:30 – 9 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    Fee: $5/person

  • Rot ‘n’ Roll
    Everything gets recycled in nature, from the old sandwich that fell off the picnic table to the tree that falls in the woods. We’ll learn about decomposition while we dig and explore outside.
    Friday, Aug. 18; 7:30 – 9 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    Fee: $5/person

Passport to Adventure!

Take an adventure this summer at area museums with the “Passport to Adventure” program. Participating sites in the Forest Preserve District include Creek Bend Nature Center, the Durant House Museum and Pioneer Sholes School at LeRoy Oakes in St. 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. The program is sponsored by the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association, the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association and a host of other partner agencies. Passports are available in late May at the Geneva and St. Charles Libraries. More information about the program is available at 630-444-3190.

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