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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.

Nighttime Nature Series - Flying Squirrels

Explore the nocturnal world each month with a naturalist! These after hours programs give us a glimpse into the life of wildlife that we usually don't get to see. We'll visit different forest preserves housing different nocturnal habitats each month. 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 flying 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, Sept. 13; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 IL Rte. 38, Elburn
FREE

Nighttime Nature Series - Cicada Songs & Katydid Calls

Explore the nocturnal world each month with a naturalist! These after hours programs give us a glimpse into the life of wildlife that we usually don't get to see. We'll visit different forest preserves housing different nocturnal habitats each month. 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 stalk some of the six-legged creatures and discover how they play their amazing music. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, Sept. 20; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
FREE

Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival

Celebrate autumn's arrival with the Forest Preserve District! At this all-ages festival, we'll have pumpkin painting, games, guided hikes, nature crafts, folk music and refreshments.

Sunday, Sept. 29; 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve

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

Nighttime Nature Series - Creatures of the Night

Explore the nocturnal world each month with a naturalist! These after hours programs give us a glimpse into the life of wildlife that we usually don't get to see. We'll visit different forest preserves housing different nocturnal habitats each month. Do you puzzle over which creatures are causing those bumps in the night? Come learn about some of our local nocturnal animals that might have a bit of a bad reputation, such as owls, bats, skunks and more. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Friday, Oct. 18; 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Fall Foliage Hike

Enjoy the colors of autumn and learn about trees, their leaves and the changes that occur ahead of winter on this family-friendly hike. We'll explore the diversity of trees growing at Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve, discuss the timing of peak foliage color and enjoy the peaceful woods at this lovely time of year. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Nov. 2; 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
FREE

Nature's Ornaments

Join us to create some eco-friendly decor for the holidays using items we frind right in our backyard! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Nov. 24; 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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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