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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.

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Search for nature's treasures in the winter woods on this guided hike. We'll look for animal tracks, seeds, burrows, and much more! All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Feb. 3; 10-11 a.m.
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 IL Rte. 38, Maple Park
FREE

Sunday, Feb. 18; 10-11 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., St. Charles
FREE

Maple Sugaring Days 2018

It's our annual celebration of spring! Maple Sugaring Days are March 3-4, from 1-4 p.m. at Creek Bend Nature Center. 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. Come on our "Sugarin' Time" hike, to learn how to distinguish maples, from other trees. Sample pure, local syrup. Afterward, check-out the interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Bring the whole family for this fun, free program. Make this your spring tradition!

Saturday March 3 - 4; 1-4 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Gross, Bad & Yucky

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

Sunday, March 18; 10 - 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Feathered Friends

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

Thursday, March 29; 10 - 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
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 the materials needed to create a potted garden. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Herb Garden
Sunday, April 8; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $10/garden

Earth Day Garden
Sunday, April 22; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
Fee: $10/garden

Earth Day Open House

Earth Day is every day at Creek Bend Nature Center, but today is extra special! Check out all the activities below. Note that some require registration, but you are welcome to drop by the nature center any time between noon and 4 p.m. for self-guided crafts and games. There will be Earth Day treats for everyone! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Bird Walk
Sunday, April 22; 8 a.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE

Earth Day Garden Workshop
Sunday, April 22; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
$10/garden

Nature Center Crafts & Games
Sunday, April 22; 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE

Earth Day Nature Hike & Trail Clean-up
Sunday, April 22; 1 - 2 p.m.

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

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 10; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
FREE

By the Light of the Moon

Learn the legends of the moon on these monthly night hikes. Traditional cultures have names for each month's full moon, signifying important natural events of the season. Listen to the stories and learn a little astronomy by the light of the full moon. We'll enjoy a night hike even if skies are cloudy. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Worm Moon
Saturday, March 31; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE

Pink Moon
Sunday, April 29; 8 - 9 p.m.

Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve
41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
FREE

Flower Moon
Tuesday, May 29; 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
FREE

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