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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.

Winter Solstice Campfire

Gather around a campfire as the sun sets on the shortest day of the year. Learn about the winter solstice with stories from different cultures emphasizing the interplay of cultural and ecological events on this pivotal day. All ages are welcome to herald the return of the sun! Space is limited, so register early! Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Sunday, Dec. 21; 4 – 5 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Tracks and Trails

Many animals are active in winter, and they leave tell-tale signs of their presence. Come on 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. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Saturday, Dec. 27; 9 – 10 a.m.
Binnie Forest Preserve

38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
FREE

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Bring the family to LeRoy Oakes for a scavenger hunt in the winter woods. District naturalists will lead the search for nature’s “treasures” in the woods – from mouse tracks to maple seeds to rocks left by glaciers, there will be lots to look for! All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Monday, Dec. 29; 10 – 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Habitat Hideouts

Animals in winter have special habitat needs. On this guided hike, we’ll look for animals and discover how they find food, water and shelter in the coldest months of the year. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., Saint Charles
FREE

Homeschool Explorations - Winter Series

This program series is specially designed for home school families. Activities focus on ages 5-10 but all ages are welcome. Each month we explore a different topic at a different forest preserve. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tracking Wildlife
Thursday, Dec. 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m

Pingree Grove Forest Preserve
14N187 US Route 20, Hampshire
Fee: $2/person

Where Did All the Buffalo Go? Extirpated Animals of Illinois
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $2/person

The Big Sleep: Hiberating Animals of Illinois
Thursday, Feb. 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Grunwald Farms Forest Preserve
02S035 North Lorang Rd., Elburn
Fee: $2/person

Save the Date: Maple Sugaring Days!

Mark your calendars for our annual Maple Sugaring event! We’ll hold two days of maple tapping fun, in the coming spring at Creek Bend Nature Center.

Saturday, March 14
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Sunday, March 15
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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