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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.

Harvest of the Acorn Moon

The prairie has turned golden, the forest trees are laden with fruit, and nature's bounty is harvested by wildlife and humans alike. Celebrate the harvest season at our fall festival! There will be nature crafts, pumpkin painting, outdoor games, folk music, and guided hikes. All ages are welcome to this free family festival! Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Oct. 4; 1-4 p.m.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve

1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
FREE admission; nominal fee for crafts

Mighty Oaks of Kane County

The oak tree was once hailed as king of the forest. People called it magnificent, majestic and mighty. But that was then. Now, oak woodlands are in serious decline. On this guided hike, you'll get "up close and personal" with some of our venerable oaks and learn how to identify different species. You'll also learn what the Forest Preserve District of Kane County is doing to restore oak woodlands – and how you can help! Advanced registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Oct. 17; 1-2:30 p.m.
Dick Young Forest Preserve

39W115 Main St., Batavia
FREE

Scary Stories in the Woods

Gather around the campfire for an evening of scary stories told my master storytellers from the St. Charles Public Library. This program is exclusively for children in grades three and above, and adults. Advanced registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, Oct. 30; 8-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Homeschool Explorations

Join us for this nature program series designed for home school families. Each month, the program focuses on a different topic at a different forest preserve. All ages are welcome, but the activities are designed for ages 5-10. Advanced registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

The Illinois Prairie
Wednesday, Sept. 9; 10-11:30 a.m.

Dick Young Forest Preserve
39W115 Main St., Batavia
Fee: $2/person

From Acorn to Oak
Wednesday, Oct. 14; 10-11:30 a.m.

Elburn Forest Preserve
45W061 IL-38, Elburn
Fee: $2/person

Nature Art
Wednesday, Nov. 11; 10-11:30 a.m.

Location: TBD
TBD
Fee: $2/person

Over the River and Through the Woods

Too much holiday food? Tired of shopping? We've got a great alternative! Come to LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve for a guided nature walk. We'll watch for wildlife, learn about adaptations for winter, and maybe see a wild turkey or two! We won't go over the river, but we'll walk over the creek on a foot bridge, and hike through the woods. All ages are welcome – bring the whole family! Advanced registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, Nov. 27; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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