REGISTRATION

Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register for programs, use our Online Program Registration.

If you have any questions, call Creek Bend Nature Center at 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com. Thank you!


PAYMENT

Credit cards can only be accepted for online registrations. When registering via phone or email, required fees must be paid at the program with cash or check payable to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County unless otherwise noted. Checks can be mailed to:

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St.
St. Charles, IL 60175

Programs are free unless otherwise indicated. Fee assistance is available upon request.


SUGGESTED ATTIRE

Most of our programs involve outdoor activities such as walking on trails. Please wear closed-toe shoes or boots (no sandals!) and long pants.


WEATHER

Severe weather cancels most programs. Call 630-444-3190 for program updates and cancellation announcements.


CANCELLATIONS

Please call us if you need to cancel, so that we may contact others on our wait list.


Program Waiver and Release

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County (FPDKC) is committed to conducting its programs and activities in a safe manner and holds the safety of participants in high regard. The FPDKC continually strives to reduce risks and insists that all participants follow safety rules and instructions that are designed to protect the participant's safety. All registrants will be asked to sign a waiver and release.


Photo Release

By registering for a program, you consent to and authorize the use of any photographs and other audiovisual materials for promotional purposes, including printed material, educational activities, exhibitions, or for any other use for the benefit of the District.


SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

Please let us know at least two weeks in advance by calling the program manager at 630-444-3191. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service or activity of the District, should contact the ADA Coordinator at Voice: 630-444-3950 or 630-232-5980, TTY Relay: 800-526-0844, email at ada@kaneforest.com or mail at 1996 S. Kirk Rd., Ste. 320, Geneva, IL 60134, as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.


NATURE PROGRAM EVALUATION

Have you attended a recent nature program by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County? Tell us how we did. Fill-out our online Nature Program Evaluation. There, you can rate our performance as well as our facilities, suggest future program topics, subscribe to The TreeLine newsletter, and more.

REGISTRATION

Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register for programs, use our Online Program Registration.

If you have any questions, call Creek Bend Nature Center at 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com. Thank you!


StorY Time At Creek Bend Nature Center

Join a librarian from the St. Charles Public Library for read-aloud stories, finger plays, songs, and more during this fun program for children from infancy through age 5. If the weather is mild, we'll take the activities outdoors! Stay and enjoy the interactive exhibits in the Nature Center following the program and grab a take-home craft to continue the fun at your own house.

  • Wednesday, March 13; 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 10; 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8; 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE; no registration needed.


LITTLE SAPLINGS

In this monthly program, geared for 3-5 year olds, we'll explore the natural world through a variety of activities specific to the theme of the month. Sessions include a combination of stories, nature hikes, songs, games, or crafts. A parent or caregiver must accompany child.

Thursday, March 21; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. "All that Slithers"
Creek Bend Nature Center/LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $5/child; advance registration required.

Thursday, April 18; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. "Fluffy as a Bunny"
Creek Bend Nature Center/LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $5/child; advance registration required.

Thursday, May 16; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. "Toadally Toads!"
Creek Bend Nature Center/LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $5/child; advance registration required.


Walk and Roll! A Guided Stroller Experience

Feeling cooped up with your little one this spring? Then pack up your stroller and hit the trail for a naturalist-guided hike! We'll stick to paths that are friendly for your baby buggy, and point out interesting nature finding along the way.

Thursday, April 19; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Rutland Forest Preserve
41W230 Big Timber Rd., Hampshire
FREE; advance registration required.


Summer Camps

Explore woodland wonders, get your feet wet in local streams, and learn new skills during these five-day nature camps! Naturalists will lead hikes, activities, games and nature-based crafts based on a different nature theme, each day. Summer camp is for two age groups: (1) Children entering 1st through 5th grades and (2) Children entering 5th through 8th grades. Register online at www.kaneforest.com/register, call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com. Detailed camp information will be provided upon registration.

June 10 - June 14; 9:00 a.m. - noon; "Summer Unplugged" *Kids entering grades 1st - 5th*
Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls
40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
Fee: $149/child

June 17 to June 21; 9:00 a.m. - noon; "Nature-Built Games" *Kids entering grades 1st - 5th*
Creek Bend Nature Center/LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $149/child

June 24 to June 28; 9:00 a.m. - noon; "Tracking & Survival" *Kids entering grades 1st - 5th*
Oakhurst Forest Preserve
1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
Fee: $149/child

July 8 to July 12; 9:00 a.m. - noon; "A River Runs Through It" *Kids entering grades 1st - 5th*
Fabyan Forest Preserve
1925 Batavia Ave., Geneva
Fee: $149/child

July 15 to July 19; 9:00 a.m. - noon; "Circles of Life" *Kids entering grades 1st - 5th*
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve
41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
Fee: $149/child

July 22 to July 26; 9:00 a.m. - noon; "Mad Science" *Kids entering grades 5th - 8th*
Creek Bend Nature Center/LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $149/child


Woodland Birthday Parties

Let us host a Woodland Birthday party for your child! We'll take care of the planning, entertainment and clean-up! Woodland Birthday Parties feature: An outdoor guided hike led by naturalists; a campfire; unique nature-themed party favors; use of Creek Bend Nature Center. Parties are available year-round! The fee is $100 for Kane County residents; $125 for out-of-county residents. Rate includes a party for 15 children; for more than 15 children, there will be an additional $5 per child. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com for more information or to book your Woodland Birthday Party today!

REGISTRATION

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.

Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register for programs, use our Online Program Registration.

If you have any questions, call Creek Bend Nature Center at 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com. Thank you!


Community science series

Community science is research conducted by amateur scientists -- people just like you! Community scientists learn more about the world around them while having a real impact on local land-management decisions and global-scale ecology solutions. We support a number of local community science efforts by conducting training programs to get you started collecting and submitting real-world data to conservation organizations.

Spring Ephemerals

Ephemerals are woodland plants that emerge early in spring, and flower before the trees leaf out. This spring, help track when and where spring ephemerals are emerging from March 1 - May 31 on your walks anywhere in Kane County (a forest preserve, a park, or your own back yard.) When you see a woodland wildflower, snap a photo and submit your observation on the free iNaturalist app under our project, Kane County, IL: Spring 2024 Ephemeral. We'll help you learn many of the different ephemeral flower species with plant identification signs -- sponsored by the Kane Forest Preserve Foundation -- along woodland walks in the following forest preserves. No registration required.

Friday, March 1 - Friday, May 31
Burnidge Forest Preserve
14N035 Coombs Rd., Elgin
FREE

Friday, March 1 - Friday, May 31
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve
5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Friday, March 1 - Friday, May 31
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve
41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
FREE

Mushroom Monitor Training

Are you fascinated by fungi? Do you like to walk in the woods? If so, why not become a mushroom monitor in a Kane County forest preserve of your choice! No experience is needed, just a desire to learn, observe and collect/report data. During this monitor training session, you'll learn the basics of mushroom anatomy, ecology and identification as well as procedures for conducting a monitoring visit. Monitoring sites will be assigned to volunteers at the end of the training session. Ages 18 and above.

Saturday, March 16; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center/LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE; advance registration required.

City Nature Challenge

Take the City Nature Challenge! Search for wild plants, animals and other creatures to see how many species you can find. Show the world the diversity of our Chicagoland Region! Add your observations to the free iNaturalist app, and they'll automatically be included in the project. Join the project here to get updates and hear about events near you: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2024-chicagoland-region/join

Friday, April 26 - Monday, April 29
Anywhere in the Chicago area
FREE


YARN ART SOCIAL CIRCLE

Join Naturalist Erica for a monthly circle of conversation over yarn art. Bring your own knit, crochet, or other yarn art project to work within a group of like-minded yarn enthusiasts. Share tips and patterns with others while picking up pointers and ideas from friends old and new. Yarn crafters of all skill levels are welcome. Register for one class or the entire year! Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, March 9; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE; advance registration required.

Saturday, April 6; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE; advance registration required.

Saturday, May 4; 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE; advance registration required.


Maple Sugaring Days

It's maple sugaring time! Come to Creek Bend Nature Center to explore the art, science and folklore of the "sugar bush" or maple grove. You'll learn how to identify and tap a maple tree, and you can try your hand at drilling and setting a tap. We'll simmer sap over an open fire and watch as it thickens to syrup. Relax with a mug of steaming hot cocoa and enjoy ice cream with a drizzle of syrup in the Maple Cafe. After a day of fun, purchase some of your own locally-sourced maple syrup to take home, while supplies last! No registration required. Thanks to our generous sponsors: Original Country Dounuts Elgin & Culver's St. Charles.

Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3; Noon - 3 p.m.
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve/Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE; no registration required.

Maple Sugaring Flyer


Night Out with Nature

Have you experienced the magic of a forest preserve at night? Stroll with a naturalist as we harness all of our senses to learn about the amazing animals that become most active when darkness sets in. Be sure to leave your flashlights at home -- our night vision will guide us! Ages 7 and above.

Thursday, March 14; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Camp Tomo Chi- Chi Knolls
40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE; advance registration required.


Ephemeral Wildflower Series

During these naturalist-guided strolls through different Kane County woodlands, you'll discover the first flowers of the year as different species bloom throughout the season.

Hunt for Skunk Cabbage

With an odd name and a unique lifecycle to boot, Skunk Cabbage is always an exciting find in the early spring! Come along with a District naturalist as we search for one of the earliest spring wildflowers, and share some interesting stories and folklore along the way.

Friday, March 22; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Camp Tomo Chi- Chi Knolls
40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE; advance registration required.

Search for Spring Wildflowers

Join the fun as we hike through the woods and look for early signs of spring wildflowers. Along the way, we'll learn about an exciting citizen-science opportunity that's taking place throughout Kane County, from March through May. Find out how you can get involved.

Saturday, April 6; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve
35W076 Villa Maria Rd., St. Charles
FREE; advance registration required.

Mother's Day Wildflower Walk

Celebrate mothers everywhere as we discover the beautiful wildflowers emerging at a local forest preserve. The hike will involve activities for all ages. Adults will enjoy learning interesting wildflower botany and folklore, while the young at heart are sure to love a wildflower scavenger hunt. Bring the whole family!

Sunday, May 12; 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve
14N035 Coombs Rd., Elgin
FREE; advance registration required.


Bird Watching Walks

Enjoy the changing seasons as we hike, look and listen for the birds inhabiting our forest preserves, this spring. District naturalists will cover basic bird-identification skills and share a few interesting stories along the way.

Saturday, March 30; 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Raceway Woods Forest Preserve
17N702 Western Ave., Carpentersville
FREE; advance registration is required.

Saturday, April 27; 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Fabyan Forest Preserve
1925 Batavia Ave., Geneva
FREE; advance registration is required.

Saturday, May 17; 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve
14N035 Coombs Rd., Elgin
FREE; advance registration is required.


Frog and Toad Adventure

Come along on a nature walk with a naturalist as we look and listen for springtime amphibians. In this partnership program with the Gail Borden Public Library, we're sure to encounter some of the dozen species of frogs and toads that make their home in Kane County. You'll learn the difference between frogs and toads, and hear the unique call of each species. Discover how important frogs and toads are to our wetland communities! This program is open to all, but registration is being taken by the Gail Borden Public Library, Rakow Branch, starting Feb. 15, at https://attend.gailborden.info/event/9679656 or 847-429-4597.

Tuesday, April 23; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Gail Borden Public Library, Rakow Branch
2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin
FREE; advance registration is required.


EcoLab: Color Changing Bacteria

While many of us cringe at the thought of bacteria, these microbes are actually vital components of any ecosystem. Learn about the wonders of bacteria and their important function in our natural world. Class members will construct a "color-changing bacteria zoo" to take home for their family to see incredible color-changing bacteria for themselves! Ages 10 and above.

Thursday, April 25; 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $5/person; advance registration required.


Family Scavenger Hunt

Grab your family and friends to embark on an outdoor scavenger hunt. Meet a Naturalist at the preserve shelter to gather directions and supplies, and then hit the trails to see if you can find everything on the list! Once done, head back to the shelter to claim your prize on a first come, first serve basis.

Saturday, May 11; 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve
35W076 Villa Maria Rd., St. Charles
FREE; advance registration required.


Dragonfly Migration

Did you know that, like Monarch butterflies, some dragonflies migrate? Learn about how and why various members of Family Odonata travel different distances as the seasons change. We'll walk a popular dragonfly habitat in search of early dragonfly arrivals in our region.

Friday, May 17; 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Pingree Grove Forest Preserve
14N187 Rte. 20, Pingree Grove
FREE; advance registration required.


Earth Day tree-planting celebration

Join us for a tree planting, giveaways, a hike and environmental education that will deepen your connection with our planet. Arrive at 9 a.m. sharp! Bur Oak Trees are planted until we run out. There will be a naturalist-led hike at 10:30 a.m. and activities ongoing from 9 to 11 a.m., such as a pop-up naturalist exhibit, wheel of prizes game, and live music by Sunflower Headlights. Parking is available at four locations! See below for the addresses. Thank you to Nicor Gas for funding this event through the Oak Ecosystem Conservation Community Projects Grant.

Saturday, April 20; 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. *Arrive at 9 a.m. sharp as Bur Oak Trees are planted until we run out.*
Elburn Forest Preserve
Parking available at: 1N750 Reed St., Elburn; 45W061 Rte. 38, Elburn; Elburn American Legion Post #630 & Obscurity Brewing (back lot)
FREE; no registration required. For groups of more than 10, please call the Volunteer Coordinator at 630-762-2741 or email CleaveRobb@kaneforest.com to register.

Earth Day Flyer


Explore the Kane County Forest Preserves with a Naturalist-Led Hike

Feeling isolated and need to get outdoors with others? Longing to learn more about the natural world as you get your heart pumping? Bring your family, book club, or any other private group to the preserve of your choice for a guided hike with a District naturalist. We'll tailor the experience to the age and interests of your group -- keeping it healthy, fun and educational!

90 minutes
Any Kane County forest preserve
Fee: $25/group


REGISTRATION

Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register for programs, use our Online Program Registration.

If you have any questions, call Creek Bend Nature Center at 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com. Thank you!


Senior Stroll

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists each month to explore a different preserve and learn about the natural and cultural history surrounding the land. Dress for the weather - these outdoor programs celebrate the change in seasonal surroundings! Each meeting includes a pleasant ramble lasting about an hour, followed by social time in the shelter. *The January program is an indoor travelogue. The February program will go back to the outdoor stroll.* No registration required for this free program.

Thursday, March 7; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Elburn Forest Preserve
45W061 Rte. 38, Elburn
FREE; donations accepted; no registration needed.

Thursday, April 4; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE; donations accepted; no registration needed.

Thursday, May 2; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve
5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE; donations accepted; no registration needed.


Trek with a Naturalist

Get your 10,000 steps in during these invigorating naturalist-led hikes. This monthly program is designed for those who like active hiking all year long. We visit different preserves each month. The Naturalist will stop occasionally to interpret the ecology of the preserve as we walk - but the main goal is to cover ground! This program is for ages 18 and above.

Thursday, March 21; 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve
39W933 Russell Rd., Elgin
FREE; advance registration required.

Thursday, April 18; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tyler Creek Forest Preserve
401 Davis Rd., Elgin
FREE; advance registration required.

Thursday, May 16; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lone Grove Forest Preserve
49W055 Perry Rd., Maple Park
FREE; advance registration required.


Nurtured by nature

Experience the healing effects of nature. Studies show that time outdoors can relieve stress, boost your immune system, improve sleep, and contribute to overall good health. During this new monthly series, we'll incorporate gentle stretching, deep breathing, and a focus on awareness during these hikes designed to nurture the mind, body, and spirit. This program is for ages 18 and above.

Sunday, March 24; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Glenwood Park Forest Preserve
1644 S. River St., Batavia
FREE; advance registration required.

Sunday, April 21; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Rutland Forest Preserve
41W230 Big Timber Rd., Hampshire
FREE; advance registration required.

Sunday, May 19; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve
5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE; advance registration required.


Learn to Kayak

Our 2024 kayaking series begins with a beginner's lake-based paddling skills class. Participants will receive dry-land instruction on basic kayaking techniques from an experienced instructor, and then hit the water to practice and expand upon these skills. Boaters must be at least 16 years old and be able to hold breath under water while wearing a properly fitted life jacket, independently turn from a face down to a face-up position keeping head above water, effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants, and manage all mobility and personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion. We require registration at least one week prior to the program and full payment at time of registration.

Saturday, June 1; 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve
1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal floatation device and paddle.)


Become a Citizen Scientist

Want to make your own contribution to local ecology and conservation efforts? Take part in a Citizen Scientist project! We offer training classes for many citizen science efforts, including the Calling Frog Survey, Singing Insects Monitoring, and the Illinois Odonate Survey. You're sure to find a project well-suited to your interests and time availability. For the most up-to-date training workshop information, call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

REGISTRATION

Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register for any of our "Learn from the Experts" programs, call 630-444-3190, or email programs@kaneforest.com. Telephone reservations are accepted Monday - Thursday, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Payment is due at the program, with checks payable to Geneva Park District. No online registration is available for Learn from the Experts programs.


Learn from the experts programs

These classes about local ecology are taught by experts in the field. This award-winning program series is co-sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the St. Charles Park District, and the Geneva Park District. These programs are for ages 18 and above.


Fermentation Science

What happens when yeasts and bacteria flourish within an organic substrate in an anaerobic environment? Fermentation, that's what! Those microscopic organisms metabolize the carbohydrates that are present and leave us with delightful end products like sauerkraut, sourdough, kefir and beer. During this lively and hands-on class Naturalists Barb McKittrick and Pam Otto will lead you on a journey of learning and discovery that's also, we hope, delicious too! Choose one session from the two available.

Saturday, March 23; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person; advance registration required.

Thursday, March 28; 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person; advance registration required.


Rivers, Streams and their role in a watershed

Natural rivers and streams work in harmony with the surrounding landscape and, when functioning optimally, enhance the quality of the watershed. By studying regional waterways, we can learn about the ways people have impacted their function and connectivity. One human impact involves manmade dams, but development and construction practices, landscaping regimens, stormwater pollutants, and road salt also effect watershed health. Jennifer Hammer of The Conservation Foundation will address all of the issues and round-out the discussion with ways we can all help restore and improve our waterways.

Sunday, March 25; 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Peck Farm Park
4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Fee: $10/person; advance registration required.


Spring Waterbirds

Join Wildlife Technician Sadie Dainko on a walk around the hottest new birding spot in Kane County -- Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve. We'll search out and identify waterfowl, shorebirds and grassland bird species moving through the preserve on their spring migration journey. Sadie will also share exciting information about the habitat changes and resulting bird demographics at the site, since its recent transition to a wetland ecosystem. Choose one session from the two available.

Sunday, April 7; 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve
42W855 Bahr Rd., Hampshire
Fee: $10/person; advance registration required.


Bobcats in Illinois

Bobcats have been spotted in Kane County! Join Ellen Audia, PhD student at Southern Illinois University, for a fascinating exploration of bobcats in north-central Illinois. Learn about the history of bobcats in our state, recent bobcat recolonization of northern Illinois, and bobcat ecology. Research being conducted by Ellen and her scientific advisors is helping the Illinois Department of Natural Resources understand bobcat population dynamics and develop strategies for managing bobcats in Illinois. Zoom links will be emailed the day prior to the program.

Thursday, April 11; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Virtual on Zoom
FREE; advance registration required.


Fabyan Windmill: A Historical Engineering Treasure

Have you ever wondered how the Fabyan Windmill works and compares to today's modern wind turbines? Forest Preserve District Safety Coordinator Chuck Misner will take you on a journey beyond the history to delve into the design, preservation, and engineering of the restored 19th century windmill. We'll start with an indoor presentation at Creek Bend Nature Center, then car caravan to Fabyan Forest Preserve for a behind-the-scenes tour of the inner workings of this mechanical wind machine. Closed-toe shoes and the ability to climb steep stairs/ladders are required.

Sunday, April 14; 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Begin at: Creek Bend Nature Center
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person; advance registration required.


Ephemeral Flowers

Join a naturalist as we embark on a stroll through beautiful woodlands in search of emerging spring wildflowers. From week to week, new flora comes and goes and we only get to see native flowers for a short time. Learn identification techniques along with interesting historical uses of these plants!

Sunday, April 21; 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve
5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
Fee: $10/person; advance registration required.


Hickory knolls Inside & Out

Today, it's a thriving natural area, but in the past, the land we know as the Hickory Knolls has undergone many changes. In Part 1 of this two-part program, Naturalist Pam Otto will review historic photos and archived materials that show how natural processes, plus quarrying, farming and other practices, left their marks on the land. In Part 2, Restoration Ecologist Patrick Bochenek will lead a tour of the Hickory Knolls' woodlands, wetlands and prairie. He'll explain how prescribed fire, herbicide, woody removal, and overseeding all play a role in restoration. He'll also address the challenges that come with managing an area that has different needs for different ecological communities, and that faces constant pressure from the human elements.

Thursday, April 25; 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (Indoors)
Hickory Knolls Discover Center
3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person; advance registration required.

Saturday, April 27; 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (Outdoors)
Hickory Knolls Discover Center
3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person; advance registration required.