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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.

Earth Day Tree Planting

Celebrate Earth Day with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. Volunteers are needed to help plant trees at Big Rock Forest Preserve. We'll dig the holes if you'll do the planting! Join Forest Preserve District staff and volunteers to help plant hundreds of trees. Simply plant in pre-dug holes, water and mulch. Plant as many trees as you like, but be sure to arrive at 10 a.m. sharp! We'll plant trees until 1 p.m., or until we run out of trees -- whichever comes first. Groups of less than 10 do not need to register. Groups of 10 or more, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 630-762-2741 or volunteer@kaneforest.com to RSVP.

Saturday, April 20; 10 a.m.
Big Rock Forest Preserve

46W072 Jericho Rd., Big Rock
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

Evening Wildflowers

Stroll through the woods with a naturalist and learn the native wildflowers that carpet the forest floor. We'll go over tips for identifying wildflowers, and learn about the ecology of the woods where they grow. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, May 9; 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
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

Hooked on Fishing

Join us for a free kid's fishing program! We'll supply the fishing gear and bait. Lunch will be provided by Papa John's Pizza. If you have fishing experience and would like to volunteer to help kids ages 15 years old and under bait, cast, catch and release, call our Volunteer Coordinator at 630-762-2741. Thank you to our sponsors: Bass Pro Shops; Papa John's Pizza; Robert Renteria (Foundation From the Barrio to the Board Room); SS Minnows Bait Shop; Wash Broker Coin Laundry Consultants.

Sunday, June 2; 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Oakhurst Forest Preserve

1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
FREE

Monarchs & Milkweed Festival

Celebrate native pollinators and plants at our family-friendly festival! We'll have a milkweed plant giveaway; guided hikes in the prairie; crafts; live music; vendors; butterfly house kits for sale; food trucks and other fun activities.

Sunday, June 23; Noon - 3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Family Fun Night

Shake up your nightly routine this summer! Join us for a sunset hike and an easy craft. We'll round out the night relaxing in the nature center with popcorn and cartoons. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

What's the Buzz?
Monday, June 17; 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $5/person

Rot n' Roll
Thursday, July 25; 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $5/person

Wild Wetlands
Tuesday, Aug. 13; 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $5/person

Nighttime Nature Series

Explore the nocturnal world with a naturalist! These after hours programsgive us a glimpse into the life of wildlife that we usually don't get to see. We'll visit different forest preserves with different nocturnal habitats each month. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Firefly Fireworks
Saturday, July 13; 8:15-9:15 p.m.

Campton Forest Preserve
4N379 Town Hall Rd., St. Charles
FREE

Bat Watch
Friday, Aug. 16; 7:45-8:45 p.m.

Burnidge Forest Preserve
38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
FREE

Explore the Kane County Forest Preserves with a Naturalist Led Hike

Bring your group on an adventurous hike through one of our beautiful preserves! We'll cover many aspects of our local flora and fauna. Scout groups, school groups, etc., are welcome on our guided naturalist hikes! Contact us today to find out more about scheduling and fees. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com for more information.

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