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Senior Stroll

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists each month on a pleasant stroll in our natural areas. Each month we visit a different site, learning about the natural and cultural history of the area. The strolls begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk. No registration required.

Thursday, March 5; 10 a.m. – noon
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve

35W003 IL-Rte. 31, South Elgin
FREE

Thursday, April 2; 10 a.m. – noon
Fabyan East Forest Preserve

1500 Crissey Ave./IL-Rte. 25, Geneva
FREE

Thursday, May 7; 10 a.m. – noon
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., Saint Charles
FREE

Learn from the Experts
The following classes are taught by experts in the field and offer in-depth information and learning opportunities about our local ecology. This award-winning program series is cosponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the Geneva Park District, and the St. Charles Park District. These programs are for ages 16 and up. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail program@kaneforest.com to register.

Sense of Place: Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

Bliss Woods would not be what it is today were it not for glaciers, Blackberry Creek, oak trees, maple trees, fire and all the humans who lived on and used this land before us. Come explore with site steward Mary Ochsenschlager and other area naturalists and discover how these diverse elements and many others tie together to tell the story of this charming sector of southwestern Kane County. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, March 8; 1-3:30 p.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
Fee: $10/person

Black Hawk: Warrior, Patriot and Protector of the Land

Black Hawk was a 19th century Native American leader who influenced the history of Kane County. Dave Schoenknecht, professor at Rockford College, and Valerie Blaine, naturalist with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, will lead a discussion based on readings from Black Hawk’s 1833 autobiography. We’ll look at key concepts such as land rights, sustainable living, and spiritual connections to land. Drawing comparisons to the 21st century world, the group will discuss what we can learn today from Black Hawk’s words some 182 years ago. Registrants will receive a reading guide to the e-book prior to class. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tuesday, March 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/person

Big Trees of Illinois

Illinois may be known as the Prairie State, but we’ve got some awesome trees as well as grasses! You can help discover and document the giants as part of The Illinois Big Tree Registry. This state-wide program encourages citizens to appreciate, record and report the largest native trees. Learn how to get involved during this workshop led by Forest Preserve District Naturalists Valerie Blaine and Josh Libman. We’ll begin with approximately 1-hour of classroom instruction covering tree identification, the history of the Big Tree program, and citizen involvement. Then, we’ll head outdoors to practice measuring trees. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, April 4; 1-3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/person

Spring Flora

The woodlands are carpeted in wildflowers this time of year. Botanist Jack Shouba will teach methods of identifying the ephemeral spring flowers. The class will learn the key characteristics of major plant families represented in our native flora. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, May 3; 10-11:30 a.m.
Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
Fee: $10/person

Calling All Volunteers: Restoration Work Parties at Creek Bend

Spring brings lots of great things, like migrating birds and beautiful wildflowers. But it also brings lots of invasive garlic mustard. Get good exercise removing this and other invasive plant species with us. There will be social time and refreshments after the weed pulling. Let us know if you’re coming, so we can plan enough goodies! Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. Meet at Creek Bend Nature Center.

Sunday, April 12; 9-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles

Friday, April 24; 9-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles

Sunday May 10; 9-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles

Sense of Place: Norris Woods Nature Preserve

Although today recognized for its natural history—events that produced a high-quality, upland-mesic forest--Norris Woods has a fascinating cultural history as well. Once known as Jones Woods, the site was a popular gathering and vacation spot at the turn of the 20th Century. Walk through these woods, and through time, with naturalist Pam Otto and learn what makes this scenic parcel so very special to visitors from near and far. AAdvance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, May 17, 1-3 p.m.
Norris Woods Nature Preserve

Johnor Avenue & Third Avenue, Saint Charles
Fee: $10

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