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Kane County Certified Naturalist

Want to learn more about Kane County's fastest growing nature education program for adults? Become a Kane County Certified Naturalist! Attend a free informational session, where you'll learn the dates, details, cost and benefits, of this award-winning program. The mission of the Kane County Certified Naturalists (KCCN) is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of our local natural rescources through science-based education and community service. KCCN is a cooperative program of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the St. Charles Park District, and the Geneva Park District. For more information, call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com

Tuesday, Dec. 4; 7-8 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles
FREE

Woodland Painting

Unleash your inner artist and create beautiful nature art with instructor Juliya Jensen from JJ's Crafty Creations! Juliya will guide you step-by-step in painting a nature-themed work f art. You don't need any background in painting! Each participant will go home with a lovely creation. For ages 16 and up. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Wednesday, Dec. 12; 7 – 9 p.m.
Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
Fee: $35/person


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. Join us for the following gatherings:

  • Thursday, Nov. 1; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

    5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
    FREE

  • Holiday Potluck - Thursday, Dec. 6; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Save the date for our year-end gathering! Bring a store-bought holiday dish to pass. We'll share food, fellowship and festivities at this annual Senior Stroll tradition.

    Barbara Belding Lodge
    Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
    6N921 Rte. 25, St. Charles
    FREE

  • Kestrels in Kane County - Thursday, Jan. 3; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Wildlife Technician Taylor Joray is our guest presenter this month. Taylor will share his wealth of knowledge about Kestrels in Kane County. He will cover the ecology and natural history of these small falcons, as well as his research on local Kestrel populations.

    Barbara Belding Lodge
    Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
    6N921 Rte. 25, St. Charles
    FREE

  • The Appalachian Trail: A Wilderness Experience - Thursday, Feb. 7; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Join Naturalist Barb McKittrick for a travelogue about her hike on the Appalachian Trail. Barba will present the history of the trail and the ecology of this beautiful part of the country. Backpacking snacks will be included!

    Barbara Belding Lodge
    Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
    6N921 Rte. 25, St. Charles
    FREE

  • Love Me Do

    Has love ever made your head spin? Have you ever blown your budget on an expensive date, or done crazy things to win someone's affection? You're not alone! Learn about the lengths that non-human wildlife go to find dates and mates, in this romantic program. Enjoy wine, chocolates and other treats while the naturalists give a presentation on courtship rituals in nature. We'll look at prairie chickens' crazy dances, cicadas' serenades, bucks battling and more! There will be plenty of social time in an atmosphere of soft lights, cool jazz and the beautiful surroundings of the Creek Bend house. This program is for individuals, as well as couples. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Saturday, Feb. 16; 7-9 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center

    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
    Fee: $30/person


    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, Oct. 18; 4 - 6 p.m.
    Glenwood Park Forest Preserve

    1644 South River St., Batavia
    FREE

    Saturday, Nov. 10; 9 - 11 a.m.
    Elburn Forest Preserve

    45W061 IL Rte. 38, Maple Park (Rte. 38 entrance)
    FREE

    Saturday, Jan. 5; 9 - 11 a.m.
    Hampshire Forest Preserve

    44W880 Allen Rd., Hampshire
    FREE

    Thursday, Feb. 14; 3:30-5:30 p.m.
    Hannaford Woods Forest Preserve

    5S002 Merrill Rd., Sugar Grove
    FREE

    Thursday, March 21; 5-7 p.m.
    Bowes Creek Woods Forest Preserve

    9N420 Crawford Rd., Elgin
    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.

    Reading the Earth's Vital Signs

    The news is filled with record-breaking weather events and data indicates that regional climate change is occurring. This class, led by Naturalist and Manager of Peck Farm Park Trish Burns, will take an in-depth look at the current science of climate change. We'll discuss our interface with climate, today, and in the future. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Thursday, Nov. 29; 6-8 p.m.
    Peck Farm Park

    4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
    Fee: $10/person

    Illinois Bison-tennial

    On the eve of the Prairie State's 200th Birthday, this program will feature the natural and cultural history of bison (aka buffalo) in Illinois. We'll discuss the indigenous people's connection with the species, the European's first impressions of this huge mammal, and the fate of bison in the 19th century. A look at present day bison re-introductions will bring us up-to-date on the role of the magnificent animal in our state's ecology. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Sunday, Dec. 2; 1-2:30 p.m.
    Barbara Belding Lodge

    Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
    6N921 Rte. 25, St. Charles
    Fee: $10/person

    Geology 101

    Glaciers, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes — the North American continent is an exciting place! Naturalist and Manager of Peck Farm Park Trish Burns, will present teh dynamic history of North American geology, with emphasis on the forces that shaped Illinois . Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Tuesday, Dec. 11; 7-8:30 p.m.
    Peck Farm Park

    4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
    Fee: $10/person

    Winter Tree Identification

    Learn how to identify trees without leaves, during this class. Environmental Education Manager Valerie Blaine will demonstrate the importance of bark, branches, twigs, leaf scars and buds in tree identification. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Saturday, Jan. 12; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center

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

    Illinois Furbearers: Focus on Mink and Otter

    Two sleek and beautiful mammals inhabit our waterways in Illinois — the American mink and the river otter. Mink can be found in every healthy stream and wetland in Kane County, and the river otter has experienced successful reintroduction in northwestern Illinois. These secretive mammals are rarely seen as they go about their daily lives. Naturalists Pam Otto and Valerie Blaine will lead this presentation about the life habits of the mink and the river otter. After the indoor presentation, we'll head outdoors to look for tracks and other signs. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Sunday, Feb. 3; 1-2:30 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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