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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.

Fall Foliage Hike

Enjoy the colors of autumn and learn about trees, their leaves and the changes that occur ahead of winter on this family-friendly hike. We'll explore the diversity of trees growing at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve, discuss the timing of peak foliage color and enjoy the peaceful woods at this lovely time of year. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Nov. 2; 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
FREE

Nature's Ornaments

Join us to create some eco-friendly decor for the holidays using items we frind right in our backyard! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Nov. 24; 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $2/person

Winter Wonderland Story Time at Creek Bend Nature Center

Cozy up with your family during a winter story time at the nature center. Feel free to come in your favorite pajamas and enjoy a special after-hours program among the nature exhibits. St. Charles Public Library staff will read books, lead fun games and songs, and share a seasonal craft activity. We’ll follow up with a toasty serving of hot chocolate, while you explore Creek Bend Nature Center. Registration is not required for this program. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Dec. 5; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE

Science of Snow

We have all heard the old saying, “No two snowflakes are exactly alike.” This program aims to explain why! Join District Naturalists as we discuss ice crystal formation and use magnifying glasses to examine snowflakes up close.
Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Jan. 12; 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE

Groundhog Day Hike

Celebrate Groundhog Day — or if you prefer — Woodchuck Day! Join us on a search for the sleepy critter at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks or even whistlepigs) are among the few native hibernators in our area. We’ll take a hike in the woods to look for their tracks, talk about hibernation, and learn about their role in ecology. We may even see a groundhog looking at his shadow!

Sunday, Feb. 2; 10 – 11 a.m.
Les Arends Forest Preserve

2S731 Rte. 31, Batavia
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.

Wolf Moon
Friday, Jan. 10; 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve

35W003 Rte. 31, South Elgin
Fee: $2/person

Snow Moon
Sunday, Feb. 9; 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
Fee: $2/person

Eagles on the Fox River

Learn about our national bird, the bald eagle, during a wintertime hiking exploration along the Fox River. During our riverside ramble, we’ll search for eagles while the naturalist discusses this majestic bird’s history, behavior, habitat and diet.

Saturday, Feb. 15; 10 – 11 a.m.
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve

35W003 Rte. 31, South Elgin
FREE

Landscape Painting for Teens & Adults

This series of six classes constitutes a professional beginning course on painting landscapes in watercolor or gouache. Basic composition and theory will be discussed during this six-week program, with all classes meeting indoors. Note: This program is for ages 14 and above. A class supply list will be provided at registration.

Mondays — Jan. 13 - Feb. 17; 6 – 9 p.m.
Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
Fee: $200/person

Maple Sugaring Days

Mark your calendars for our annual Maple Sugaring event! We’ll hold two days of maple tapping fun at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve!

Saturday, March 7; Noon - 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 8; Noon - 3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Explore the Kane County Forest Preserves with a Naturalist-Led Hike

Bring your group on a hike through one of our beautiful preserves! A naturalist will guide the way and cover many aspects of our local flora and fauna. Scouts, schools and other groups, are welcome on these adventurous hikes! Contact a District naturalist today to find out about scheduling and fees. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com for more information.

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