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Kane County Big Tree Program - NEW!

What's the biggest tree in Kane County? Do you have a huge tree in your neighborhood? Where is the largest oak tree in the area? You can help discover and document "giant trees" by participating in the Kane County Big Tree Program. Learn about the program and how you can get involved by attending this workshop. We'll begin with classroom instruction, and then head outdoors to learn how to identify and measure trees. You'll also learn how to nominate trees for champion Big Tree status. The Kane County Big Tree Program follows the protocols of The Illinois Big Tree Registry. This state-wide program encourages citizens to appreciate, record and report the largest native trees. Advanced registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Sunday, Oct. 25; 1-4 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Senior Stroll

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists the first Thursday of every month for a pleasant stroll in our natural areas. Each month we visit a different site and learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. The strolls begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour, with social time following the walk. In the event of severe weather, call 630-444-3190 for cancellation information. Wear sturdy shoes. You may wish to bring insect repellent and sunscreen. Donations are accepted to cover the cost of refreshments. No registration required.

Thursday, Oct. 1; 10 a.m. - noon
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 IL Rte. 38, Maple Park

Thursday, Nov. 5; 10 a.m - noon
Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve

35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin

Thursday, Dec. 3; 10 a.m - noon
Barbara Belding Lodge

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

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 to register.

A Murder of Crows

Sparrows fly in flocks, deer move in herds, wolves run in packs, and lions gather in prides. Crows, however, congregate in a group called a "murder." In many cultures, they are associated with death, the afterlife, and the netherworld. Despite their dark reputation, crows are really cool birds! In this program, we will look at the role of the crow in history and culture and then examine their place in ecology. We will also look at population trends since the appearance of West Nile Virus. The discussion will be led by nature programs managers Valerie Blaine and Pam Otto. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Wednesday, Oct. 28; 7-8:30 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Dr., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/person

A Sense of Place: Peck Farm Park

In this on-going series of programs about our local heritage, we will take an in-depth look at the area now known as Peck Farm Park in Geneva. Learn about the legacy of the Peck Family and the history of their land. Trish Burns, Manager of Peck Farm Park, will lead this program on one of the most interesting chapters in Kane County's history. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Sunday, Nov. 8; 1-2:30 p.m.
Peck Farm Park

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

Natural History of the Canada Goose

Everyone can identify these large waterfowl, but many people know little about them. In this class, a wildlife biologist will present the natural history of this regal-looking, yet often-reviled bird. Learn about the ups and downs of goose populations, subspecies identification, migration trends and more. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Thursday, Nov. 12; 7-8:30 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Dr., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/person