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Haunted Who-Done-It?

We're teaming up with the Geneva Public Library to offer nature programs for adults in their twenties and thirties. Amongst the woodlands, the prairie, and fog-covered wetlands lie clues to an unsolved mystery. Join other adults as we go on a fun scavenger hunt around LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. We'll learn how to read the "clues" of wildlife, then apply them to our own who-done-it back at the nature center. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Oct. 26; 7-8:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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


Trek with a Naturalist

Get all your steps in during these evening hikes. Each month we'll take an invigorating two-hour hike at a different forest preserve. This program is designed for those who like active hiking. The naturalist will interpret the ecology of the preserve as we hike. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Sept. 21; 11 a.m. - Noon
Lake Run Forest Preserve

40W255 Tanner Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Thursday, Oct. 19; 4-6 p.m.
Brunner Family Forest Preserve

18N681 Illinois 31, Dundee
FREE

Thursday, Nov. 11; 9 - 11 a.m.
Grunwald Forest Preserve

02S035 Lorang Rd., Elburn
FREE


Senior Stroll

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists each month on a leisurely stroll through a Kane County forest preserve. Learn about the natural and cultural history of each preserve. The strolls last about an hour, with social time and refreshments following the walk. No registration is required. Wear sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent and sunscreen.

  • Thursday, Aug. 3; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Campton Forest Preserve

    4N379 Town Hall Rd., St. Charles
    FREE

  • Thursday, Sept. 7; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Pingree Grove Forest Preserve

    14N187 US Route 20, Hampshire
    FREE

  • Thursday, Oct. 5; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Dick Young Forest Preserve

    39W115 Main St., Batavia
    FREE

  • Thursday, Nov. 2; 10 a.m. – Noon
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    FREE

  • Thursday, Dec. 7; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Barbara Belding Lodge

    Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
    6N921 Rte. 25, St. 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.

    Dragonflies and Damselflies: “Triassic Park” Survivors

    Learn how to identify our native dragonflies and damselflies and attract them to your local pond or wetland. During this two-hour workshop presented by environmental biologist Cathy White, you’ll learn about these amazing creatures and then get the chance to examine them in their native habitat while we explore the nearby aquatic systems. Please bring an insect net, if you have one. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Saturday, Aug. 26; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    Fee: $10/person


    A Sense of Place: Burlington Prairie

    Grasses and wildflowers carpet the landscape of Burlington Prairie. A portion of the preserve is virgin prairie, where the ground has never been broken by a plow. Learn about the natural and cultural history of this special place with Senior Ranger Mandy Morgan and Nature Programs Manager Valerie Blaine. As we walk along the trail, we'll discuss changes from the post-glacial landscape through modern times. We'll take lots of time to identify wildflowers, insects and birds in this one-of-a-kind nature preserve! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Sunday, Sept. 24; 1-2:30 p.m.
    Burlington Prairie Forest Preserve

    13N240 Engel Rd., Sycamore
    5S002 Merrill Rd., Sugar Grove
    Fee: $10/person


    Fall Tree Identification

    This field class will begin with an introduction to basic plant morphology needed for tree identification. We'll take a walk on the wooded trails to learn the common hardwood trees. Students will learn several methods of tree identification. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Sunday, Oct. 1; 3-5 p.m.
    Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls
    40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
    Fee: $10/person

    Wednesday, Oct. 4; 10 a.m. - Noon
    Elburn Forest Preserve
    45W061 IL Rte. 38, Maple Park
    Fee: $10/person

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