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 10 a.m. sharp. We'll plant until 1 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 2021
This year, due to the pandemic, we are unable to host a large-scale public event. We are directing all groups that may wish to participate in restoration workdays, to those we've already got scheduled at various preserves. There's a way to help volunteer, just not in the same, 500 trees in a few hours way of previous years. If you have questions or would like to volunteer for a restoration workday, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.


Hooked on Fishing (Summer)

Hooked on Fishing is the Forest Preserve District's annual learn-to-fish event for kids. Forest Preserve District staff and volunteers teach kids about the sport of fishing and help kids learn to bait, cast, catch and release fish. Fishing gear and bait are provided, though attendees are welcome to use their own gear, if they prefer. Due to planned construction at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in 2021, and on account of the pandemic, this event will return in 2022.


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. For more information or to participate, contact our Volunteer Coordinator.