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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.

Bike the Great Western Trail

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the Great Western Trail with Forest Preserve District naturalists. Participants will meet at the Creek Bend Nature Center for a quick safety check, and then the group will hit the trail. We’ll enjoy the natural features along the way, with interpretation of the natural and cultural history. Please provide your own helmet and bicycle. The ride will be around 10 miles round-trip. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Saturday, July 26; 9-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Bat Watch

Bats are noisy creatures, but our ears can’t hear them.  Unless, of course, we use a super special “Bat Detector!”  This device picks up the bats’ “clicks” used in echolocation.  We’ll use the bat detector to locate bats and follow their movements.  We’ll also play some bat games and learn about bat ecology.  Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Tuesday, July 29; 8-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE
 
Wednesday, July 30; 8-9 p.m.
Binnie Forest Preserve
38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
FREE

Creek Exploration

Dip your toes in the water and enjoy a naturalist-guided exploration of the watery world of creeks. We’ll see aquatic life up close and personal.  Wear shorts and bring an extra pair of shoes for wading.  Adults must accompany children in the water.  Minimum age: 5 years. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.
 
Tuesday, July 1; 10-11 a.m.
Tyler Creek Forest Preserve
401 Davis Rd., Elgin
(Note: Meet at Shelter #1)
FREE
 
Wednesday, Aug. 6; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE
 

Passport to Adventure

Take an adventure this summer at local museums with the Passport to Adventure program.  Participating sites in the Forest Preserve District of Kane County include Creek Bend Center, the Durant House Museum, and Pioneer Sholes School at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in Saint Charles; and the Fabyan Villa Museum in Geneva,. The Passport program encourages children and their parents to visit a variety of history, nature, science and art museums to explore the people, events and environment of the area.  Children ages 4 through 12 will experience the world around them through exhibits and activities at each site they visit.  The program is sponsored by the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association, the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association and a host of other partner agencies.  Passport booklets are available in late May at the Geneva and Saint Charles Public Libraries.  More information about the program is available at (630) 444-3190.

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