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Exploring Nature by Kayak

Tour our local waterways during these paddling adventures! Our 2019 kayaking series begins with a lake-based basic paddling skills class, followed by shorter and less-strenuous river sessions for beginners. As the summer progresses, choose increasingly longer and more technical paddles for intermediate skill levels. Each session, participants will receive dry-land instruction on basic kayaking techniques from an experienced instructor. Then we'll take to the water for a naturalist-led exploration of the fascinating local ecology. Participants meet and park at the take-out location and are shuttled to the put-in. Choose any number of session; you can take one, two, or all five! Boaters must be 16 years or older and able to hold breath underwater while wearing a properly fitted life jacket; independently turn from a face down to a face-up position keeping head above water; effectively communicate with the instructor and other participants; and manage all mobility and personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion. Advance registration is required at least 1 week prior to program. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Session 1: Skills Training;
Sunday, June 9; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Oakhurst Forest Preserve
1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora

Session 2: Beginner; 3-4 mile paddle
Saturday, July 13; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Voyageur Landing Forest Preserve
50 Airport Rd., Elgin

Session 3: Beginner-Intermediate; 6-7 mile paddle
Sunday, Aug. 11; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Ferson Creek Park
Rte. 31 East of Wildrose Springs Dr., St. Charles

Session 4: Intermediate; 4-5 mile paddle, with portage
Sunday, Sept. 8; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Glenwood Forest Preserve
1644 South River St., Batavia

Session 5: Intermediate; 7 mile paddle, with portage
Saturday, Oct. 5; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Rocktown Adventures of Aurora
107 Spruce St., Aurora

Fees: Single kayak rental - $69/person for Session 1 and $79/person for Sessions 2-5. Fee includes shuttle service and use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle. Or, provide your own kayak and equipment for Sessions 2-5 for $39/person. All trip minimums = 6 people.

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, July 18; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
FREE

Thursday, Aug. 15; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Burlington Prairie Forest Preserve

13N240 Engel Rd., Sycamore
FREE

Thursday, Sept. 19; 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Thursday, Oct. 17; 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Campton Forest Preserve

4N379 Town Hall Rd., St. Charles
FREE

Saturday, Nov. 9; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Dick Young Forest Preserve

39W115 Main St., Batavia
FREE

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 stroll begins at 10 a.m. and last about an hour, with social time and refreshments, following the walk. No registration is required for this free program.


Thursday, Sept. 5; 10 a.m. - Noon
Durant House Museum

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

Thursday, Oct. 3; 10 a.m. - Noon
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 IL Rte. 38, Elburn
FREE

Thursday, Nov. 7; 10 a.m. - Noon
Raceway Woods Forest Preserve

17N702 Western Ave. IL Rte. 31, Carpentersville
FREE

Holiday Potluck: Thursday, Dec. 5; 10 a.m. - Noon
The Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL 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.

Autumn Tree Identification

Studying trees in autumn can offer rewards as well as challenges. As leaves change color and fall to the ground, the keen observer needs to focus on features other than leaves for proper tree identification. Join a Naturalist on this informative hike to learn about the growth habits, ecological significance and identifying features of our local trees. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Oct. 5; 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 IL Rte. 38, Elburn
Fee: $10/person


Clams, Dams and the Fox River

Professional Engineer Art Malm provides a brief history of the Fox River dams, their importance to early development of the Fox River Valley, and the services they provide today. He will also discuss the negative impact of the dams on the Fox ecosystem, its water quality and the habitats affected by the dams. Art vividly illustrates what dam removal may look like based upon experiences where dams have been removed from rivers in Illinois similiar to the Fox. Art concludes his talk by initiating a discussion that goes byeond science and economics -- asking whether our society has an obligation to return the Fox River to the health teh first European settlers first found when they arrived in the Fox River Valley. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Oct. 19; 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $20/person


In Search of Giants: The Kane County Big Tree Program

Learn how to find and document Kane County's biggest trees and become a champion yourself! The Kane County Big Tree Registry encourages citizens to appreciate, record and report the largest native trees in the county. This workshop will begin with classroom instruction covering tree measurement techniques and protocol. Then, we'll head outdoors to practice our new-found skills. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Oct. 20; 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Red Oak Nature Center

2343 South River St., Batavia
Fee: $10/person


Cuisine under Coals - An Introduction to Dutch Oven Cooking

Want to spice up your campfire or fall house party with a meal cooked under coals? Dutch oven cooking is a fun way to prepare meals outdoors. During this class, we'll uncover the pros and cons of Dutch oven cooking, learn how to restore and maintain cast iron cookware and review the different types and uses of cast cooking equipment. Outdoor adventure leader Terry Bomkamp will share and prepare some of his favorite Dutch oven recipes, offering plenty of opportunity for sampling food prepared during class. Bring your appetites! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Oct. 26; 10:00 a.m. - Noon
The Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
Fee: $23/person


Kane County Certified Naturalists

Want to learn about Kane County's fastest-growing nature education program for adults? Attend a free informational session to find out what all the excitement is about! During this introduction, you'll learn about the dates, details, cost and tremendous benefits of this award-winning program. The mission of Kane County Certified Naturalists (KCCN) is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Kane County natural resources 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. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tuesday, Nov. 12; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

3795 Campton Hills Dr., St. Charles
FREE

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