Earth Day (Mid-April)

Each year, the Forest Preserve District of Kane County hosts a planting event in honor of Earth Day. We need the public's help to plant hundreds of trees on this special occasion. The District's Natural Resources staff will dig the holes, while volunteers do the planting. Come place the trees in pre-dug holes, tamp-down dirt, add water and mulch -- it's easy! Earth Day events are perfect for individuals, families, scouts or other groups. You're welcome to plant one tree, or stay and plant throughout the entire event -- it's up to you! Be sure to arrive at 9 a.m. sharp. We'll plant until 12 p.m. or until we run out of stock -- whichever comes first! Groups of 10 or more, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 630-208-8662 or email us to RSVP. Individuals or groups of less than 10 do not need to register in advance.

Earth Day 2022
Saturday, April 23; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Elburn Forest Preserve
East side entrance
1N750 Read Street, Elburn

Hooked on Fishing (Summer)

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County has teamed-up with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to offer a free fishing derby for kids at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora. The event is Saturday, June 18, with sessions at 10 a.m. and noon. Kids and their families or caregivers are invited to get hooked on fishing as you reconnect with nature. Fishing poles and quick fishing lessons will be available for those in need. Afterward, there will be prizes awarded to youth participants by age group. Participants are welcome to enjoy free hot dogs, chips and beverages by Home Run Hot Dogs & Lemonade. View animal pelts and information at the Illinois Conservation Police's Wildlife Education Trailer, on site. Plus, visit the various cosponsors, including Fox Valley Park District, International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 30, Trotter and Associates, Wight & Company, Plano Molding Company, Marmion Bass Fishing Team, Openlands, Shedd Aquarium, NFL Alumni Association, and Illinois Conservation Foundation. It's sure to be a fun-filled day at Oakhurst, but you must register for the event as space will be limited. Register online at or call IDNR at 847-608-3108.
Note: A fishing license is not required for youth under the age of 16 or adults simply assisting in the process. Attendees age 16 or older who will be fishing should bring their fishing license. You can obtain a $5.50 "Resident Sport Fishing License (24 hour)" or $15 "Resident Fishing License" by visiting:
Oakhurst Forest Preserve is located at 1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora.
Hooked on Fishing 2022
Saturday, Juen 18; 10 a.m. & Noon (Registration required for both sessions)
Oakhurst Forest Preserve
1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora

Seed Harvests (Summer & Fall)

Help the District's Natural Resource Management staff collect plant seeds that will be used to reestablish native plant communities in the Kane County forest preserves. We'll provide the hand tools to harvest woodland, prairie and/or wetland seeds at preserves throughout the County. Seed harvests are typically held Wednesday mornings, June through November. Please see the District's Facebook page for dates and locations.

Restoration WorkdayS

Forest Preserve Stewards, in conjunction with our Natural Resource Management team and Volunteer Coordinator have various restoration workdays scheduled throughout the Kane County forest preserves. To see the current list of upcoming workdays, click here.