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.
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.
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.
Wildlife Crafting (VIDEO)
Follow along and make a winter themed craft for you or your loved ones during this holiday season video.
Conifer Concoctions (VIDEO)
During the winter months, we often see picturesque evergreens with their dark leaves shrouded in snow, but did you know that some conebearing trees are actually edible? You're invited to learn about the many flavors of our beloved regional conifers.
Thursday, Jan. 27
Animal Tracks & Trails (VIDEO)
Tune in to learn about the various types of animal signs you can discover while exploring Kane County trails and natural areas. A Forest Preserve District naturalist will teach you how to identify animal tracks, and to hone your observational skills in order to recognize the subtle clues that animals leave behind.
Thursday, Feb. 24
Freshwater Mussels in the Fox River Watershed (VIDEO)
With names like Plain Pocketbook and White Heelsplitter, mussels are mysterious and often misunderstood creatures. Learn about the life cycle and ecology of these highly threatened species and our District's collaborative efforts with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Urban Stream Research Center to propagate, rear and release imperiled and vulnerable mussel species into the Fox River watershed.
Thursday, March 24
Animal Babies (VIDEO)
Cuteness fills the preserves every spring as a new generation of wildlife is born. Learn about the animal babies that make their homes in Kane County during this adorable video post.
Thursday, April 21
Preserve spotlight: Freeman kame-meagher forest preserve (VIDEO)
Sit back, relax and enjoy a virtual tour through one of the Forest Preserve District's hidden gems. This property covers over 1,000 acres in the northern part of the county - there's quite a lot to explore!
Thursday, June 23
Preserve Spotlight Video
Guess the Forest Preserve! (VIDEO)
The Kane County Forest Preserve District encompasses more than 23,000 acres of woodlands, wetlands and prairies across nearly 100 properties. How long will it take you to figure out which preserve is featured in this virtual, video presentation?
Thursday, July 28
Guess the Forest Preserve Video
The Wonder of Owls (VIDEO)
Did you know that Illinois is home to eight species of owls? Learn about the unique markings, habitats and lifestyles that help identify each of these beautiful birds of prey. After seeing the special adaptations and hearing the amazing and varied calls of our local owls, you'll have a new appreciation for these nocturnal birds!
Thursday, Aug. 25
The Wonder of Owls Video