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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.

The Gross, the Bad and the Yucky

Sometimes, the yuckiest things in nature are the coolest. Consider a bird that pukes on anything that disturbs it. Some spiders make milkshakes from the guts of their prey. Other critters that walk on their snot, and there's much more! This informative program will include a short hike outdoors and an activity. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Feb. 19; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Reading in the Winter Woods

It's said that nature is a language; it's for us to learn to read it. On this guided walk, we'll "read" animal stories by looking for footprints, bark rubbings, or droppings. This program is co-sponsored with the Geneva Public Library. Advance registration is required. Call 630-232-0893 or visit www.gpld.org to register.

Monday, Feb. 20; 10-11 a.m.
Fabyan East Forest Preserve; Shelter #4

1500 Crissey Ave., IL Rte. 25, Geneva
FREE

Tracks and Trails

Many animals are active in winter, and they leave tell-tale signs of their presence. Come out to LeRoy Oakes for a guided hike and look for animal signs. We'll learn the habits and behaviors of native wildlife by the signs they leave. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Feb. 25; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Maple Sugaring Days!

Don't miss our celebration of spring! Naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County will teach you how to tap a maple tree. You can try drilling and setting a tap. Watch sap simmer over an open fire as it thickens to syrup. Join us on a "Sugarin' Time" hike to learn how to distinguish maples from other trees. Sample pure, local syrup. And, check-out the interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Bring your whole family for this fun, free program. For more information, call 630-444-3190.

Saturday, March 11 - Sunday, March 12; 1-4 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Skunk Cabbage

With a name like Skunk Cabbage, this is not the kind of spring wildflower most people look for — but it is one of the most fascinating botanical wonders of our woods! On this guided walk, we'll find skunk cabbage in bloom and learn about its unique traits. Skunk Cabbage grows in wet woods, so wear shoes or boots that can get muddy. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, March 19; 10-11 a.m.
Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE

Feathered Friends

Are you curious about the birds in your backyard? Want to know more about the birds that migrate in spring? Join us on an introductory birding adventure. We'll cover the basics of bird identification — what to look for, how to find birds by silhouette, shape, size, behavior and song. We'll have some binoculars available to loan. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, March 30; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Earth Day Open House

Earth Day is everyday at Creek Bend Nature Center, but today is extra special! Throughout the day there will be activities for everyone — from stories and crafts in the Nature Center — to a habitat restoration activity in the forest preserve. There will be Earth Day treats for all and we will treat Mother Earth by cleaning up the trails. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, April 20; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Earth Day Tree Planting

Calling all volunteers! Come join Forest Preserve District staff and neighbors as we plant oak trees in honor of Earth Day 2017. We need you to simply place the tree in pre-dug holes. Tamp down the dirt. Water, then mulch. It's easy! This is a perfect event for groups or individuals. All ages are welcome. Be sure to arrive at 10 a.m. sharp. We'll plant trees until 1 p.m. or until we run out — whichever comes first! Bring work gloves, if you like.

Saturday, April 22; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Kenyon Farm Forest Preserve

8N700 Barry Rd., South Elgin
FREE

Evening Wildflowers

Join us for a special evening wildflower walk. 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.

Monday, May 1; 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Wildflowers for Mom

Treat mom to a guided walk in the woods to see bouquets of wildflowers on the forest floor. This naturalist-led walk will be at a leisurely pace for moms, grandmas and families. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, May 14; 10-11 a.m.
Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE

Early Birds

Come along and enjoy a beautiful spring morning while bird watching in one of our finest forest preserves. Spring migration will be underway, and many birds are moving through. No experience is required. This will be a friendly environment for everyone to learn and connect with the natural world. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, May 18; 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Freeman Kame-Meagher Forest Preserve

40W346 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE

Discover Morels!

Morels are an early spring mushroom considered to be a delicacy by many mushroom enthusiasts. On this guided hike, we'll head into the woods to hunt for, but not harvest, morels. We'll learn how to identify morels and distinguish them from other fungi. The morel's habitat requirements and role in ecology will also be discussed. This program is not intended to be a collection or foray, and we will not be gathering morels or any other fungi. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, May 20; 10-11:30 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., St. Charles
FREE

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