Want to learn the history and process of maple tree tapping and syrup production but can't join one of our maple sugaring events in person? Jump into this virtual tour to explore the fascinating world of maple syrup.
Listen to the sounds of spring and discover who is behind the chorus that welcomes the new season.
Springtime Wildflower Identification and Use (VIDEO)
Have you ever wondered what people did before the existence of grocery markets, hardware stores, restaurants and local pharmacies? In this program, we'll reveal many traditional uses of our local and native wildflowers and share with you tips on identifying specific species.
Treasure Hunt Adventure (Virtual)
Hit the trails with your friends and family and experience our Kane County forest preserves like never before! This interactive, virtual treasure hunt will feature fun facts, hidden clues, and completion prizes. A guided video will lead you to several locations within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, where you will learn about local ecology and then find secret markers to track your progress. When finished, be sure to stop by Creek Bend Nature Center to claim your reward!
Wonderful Wildflowers (VIDEO)
Join us as we highlight the beautiful flowers that adorn the woodlands of Kane County. Together, let's explore the identifying features and interesting folklore that surround these colorful native species.
Durant House Museum Virtual Visit (VIDEO)
Take a trip back in time and learn all about the wonders of pioneer life. This virtual tour will showcase the historic Durant House, a prairie farmhouse constructed in 1843.
Build a Butterfly Feeder (VIDEO)
Tune in to see how you can build your very own butterfly feeder using common household items or with a simple-to-use kit available for purchase at Creek Bend Nature Center. Hang your completed project up at home to attract beautiful butterflies to your yard! (Optional kit costs $5).
Composting with Worms (VIDEO)
Turn your kitchen scraps into garden gold! Come learn about the benefits of composting at home with worms. During this program, we'll take an in-depth look at the science behind vermicomposting and explore the role of red wriggler worms in home composting systems. You'll leave this class with all the knowledge necessary to build your own home vermicomposting bin.
Guess the Preserve (VIDEO)
With over 100 preserves encompassing more than 20,000 acres, there's plenty to see and do in our Kane County forest preserves! Join a naturalist as we explore the beauty and biodiversity of some of our favorite preserves during each episode of this virtual program series.
Creating a bird-friendly home (VIDEO)
If you enjoy observing wild birds around your property, you probably know there are ways to increase your chances of spotting them. To learn more tricks and hints for attracting a wide diversity of different bird species, tune in and enjoy this video program. Forest Preserve District Naturalists will explain some of the best ways to entice local birds, as well as techniques for protecting and nurturing the feathered friends that visit your home.
Thursday, Sept. 16
Creating a Bird-Friendly Home Video
Creatures of the Night (VIDEO)
When the sun goes down, the creatures of the night awake at our local forest preserves. The spooky myths and legends accompany these creepy crawlers are enough to give anyone goosebumps. Separate fact from fiction and learn about some of the creatures that go "bump in the night" during this virtual program.
Friday, Oct. 30
Creatures of the Night Video
Owls of Kane County (VIDEO)
Rarely seen, but very important to the local food chain, the owls of Kane County fill a unique niche in our forest preserves. Find out what species of owls we have locally and learn about their habits and behaviors in this virtual program.
Thursday, Nov. 18
Owls of Kane County Video