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Exploring Nature by Kayak

Explore our local waterways by kayak during these paddling adventures! The series begins with shorter and less strenuous sessions for beginners. As the summer progresses, there will be increasingly longer paddles for intermediate skill levels. Each session includes instruction on basic kayaling techniques from a professional kayaking instructor. After the introductory training, we'll take to the water for a naturalist-led exploration of the fascinating plants and wildlife along the waterway. Participants may choose any number of sessions. The first session is recommended for novices, but it's not a pre-requisite for later sessions. For all sessions, participants must be 16 years or older, and be able to: -Hold breath under water 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 -Manage all mobility and personal care independently or with the assistance of a companion Advance registration is required at least 2 weeks prior to program. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Session 3
Saturday, July 14; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Beginner - Intermediate (6-7 miles).

Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle); or $35/person if you provide your own kayak and equipment; fee includes shuttle service.

Session 4
Saturday, Aug. 11; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Beginner - Intermediate (6-7 miles).

Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle); or $35/person if you provide your own kayak and equipment; fee includes shuttle service.

Session 5
Sunday, Sept. 9; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Intermediate (4-5 miles with portage).

Fabyan Forest Preserve
1925 Batavia Ave., Geneva
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle); or $35/person if you provide your own kayak and equipment; fee includes shuttle service.

Session 6
Saturday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Intermediate - (7 miles with portage).

Glenwood Park Forest Preserve
1644 South River St., Batavia
Fee: $69/person (includes use of kayak, personal flotation device and paddle); or $35/person if you provide your own kayak and equipment; fee includes shuttle service.


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 19; 6 - 8 p.m.
Hampshire Forest Preserve

44W880 Allen Rd., Hampshire
FREE

Thursday, Aug. 16; 6 - 8 p.m.
Fabyan East Forest Preserve

1500 Crissey Ave. Rte. 25, Geneva
FREE

Thursday, Sept. 20; 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve

1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
FREE


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


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, July 5; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Brunner Family Farm Forest Preserve

    18N681 Western Ave. Rte. 31, West Dundee
    FREE

  • Thursday, Aug. 2; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve

    43W231 Main St., Elburn
    FREE

  • Thursday, Sept. 6; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Burnidge Forest Preserve

    38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
    FREE

  • Thursday, Oct. 4; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

    41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
    FREE

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

    5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
    FREE

  • 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

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.

The Natural History of Oaks

The oak is one of the most revered trees in human history. In this two-part program, you'll learn about the genus Quercus, with special emphasis on our native species. We'll discuss the attributes of oaks that make these trees valuable ecologically, commercially, and culturally. The first part of the program will be held indoors, then we'll head out into the woods to see a variety of species of oaks in their native habitat. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Oct. 14; 1 - 3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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


Fall Tree Identification

How can you tell a sugar maple from a silver maple? What makes an American elm and not a slippery elm? How many kinds of oaks are in Kane County? In this class, we'll take a walk on the wooded trails to learn the common hardwood trees. You'll learn several methods of tree identification. The class will include some introductory terminology and an overview of tree identification resources. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Sept. 22; 1 - 3 p.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person


The Natural History of Illinois: 200 Years of Change

When Illinois became a state 200 years ago, the prairie stretched as far as the eye could see. Oak woodlands dotted the land, and wetlands teemed with life. Learn how these native landscapes have changed since statehood in this presentation by Director of Natural Resources Ben Haberthur. He will describe the ecological transformation of Illinois and explain why natural ecosystems are rare today. He will aslo discuss region-wide efforts to restore Illinois' splendid prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Nov. 3; 1 -2:30 p.m.
Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
Fee: $2/person

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