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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.

Creek Exploration

Dip your toes in the water and enjoy a naturalist-guided exploration of the watery world of creeks. Fish frogs, and water striders are just a few of the cool creatures we'll find. Wear shorts and bring an extra pair of shoes for wading. Children must be a minimum of five years old, and adults must accompany children in water. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tuesday, Aug. 2; 10-11 a.m.
Tyler Creek Forest Preserve

401 Davis Rd., Elgin
FREE

Bat Watch

The fun starts at dusk if you're an insectivorous bat, or if you're someone who likes to watch bats! During this family 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 email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Wednesday, July 27; 8-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Wednesday, Aug. 3; 8-9 p.m.
Binnie Forest Preserve

38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
FREE

Hooked on Fishing

Join us for a free children's fishing event! We'll supply the fishing gear and bait. Light refreshments will also be provided. If you have fishing experience and would like to volunteer to help kids bait, cast, catch and release, call our volunteer coordinator at 630-762-2741. For more information, visit www.kaneforest.com.

Sunday, Aug. 28; 8 a.m. - noon
Oakhurst Forest Preserve

1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
FREE

Noises of the Night

What's all that racket in the treetops? Come along on this evening walk and learn about the wildlife that makes so much noise at night. Beginning at dusk, we'll listen to the last of the daytime choristers wind down, as the nocturnal insects begin their symphony. Then, we'll find some of the six-legged creatures and discover how they play their amazing music. The evening will conclude with a grand finale concert of our own, as we try to match the talents of the insect musicians. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, Sept. 9; 7-8:30 p.m.
Freeman Kame Forest Preserve

40W346 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE

Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival

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 including pumpkin painting, outdoor games, folk music, and guided hikes. All ages are welcome to this fun, family event! The event is free, however, there is a nominal fee for crafts and refreshments. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Oct. 2; 1-4 p.m.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve

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

Big Tree Tours

Come along on a guided hike to see some of the biggest trees in Kane County. We'll visit the sites of some of our local champions in the Kane County Big Tree Program. During the walk, we'll do a little tree identification and show you how trees are measured in the Big Tree Program. Join us on one or all of these walks. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Oct. 8; 10-11:30 a.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Wednesday, Oct. 12; 1-2:30 p.m.
Hannaford Woods Forest Preserve

5S002 Merrill Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Saturday, Oct. 22; 10-11:30 a.m.
Glenwood Park Forest Preserve

1644 S. River St., Batavia
FREE

Scary Stories in the Woods

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

Friday, Oct. 28; 8-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Spiders

What a great time of year to hunt for little, eight-legged creatures! On this all-ages walk, we'll learn all about arachnids — spiders and their kin. We'll catch some in bug jars so we can look at them up close, and then release them back into their habitat. You might not be a spider-lover, but you'll have a greater appreciation for their role in nature, after this walk. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Oct. 29; 10-11 a.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

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 on the Friday after Thanksgiving. 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. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, Nov. 25; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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