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white oak Nature Programs for Adults

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. In the winter, we move indoors. Join us for the following gatherings:
  • Meet the Rangers: Thursday, Jan. 4; 10 a.m. – Noon
    The Barbara Belding Lodge

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

  • Isle Royale: A Superior Wilderness: Thursday, Feb. 1; 10 a.m. – Noon
    The Barbara Belding Lodge

    Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
    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.

Saturday, Jan. 6; 9 - 11 a.m.
Dick Young Forest Preserve

2S326 Nelson Lake Rd., Batavia
FREE

Thursday, Feb. 15; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Aurora West Forest Preserve

40W032 Hankes Rd., Aurora
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.

Winter Tree Identification

Learn how to identify trees without leaves, during this class. Nature Programs 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. 27; 1-3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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


From Glaciers to Wildflowers

Discover how Illinois' living landscape came to be, with geologist, professor, and author Raymond Wiggers. Ray's talk will explore the origins of Illinois some 20,000 years ago when the landscape was a forbidding ice desert. He will describe the changes since the last glaciation, and the evolution of the Prairie State's landscapes, soils, and plant communities into their present forms. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Feb. 24; 1-2 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles
Fee: $15/person

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