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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, May 19; 6-8 p.m.
Dick Young Forest Preserve

2S326 Nelson Lake Rd., Batavia
FREE

Thursday, June 16; 6-8 p.m.
Big Rock Forest Preserve

46W072 Jericho Rd., Big Rock
FREE

Thursday, July 21; 6-8 p.m.
Grunwald Forest Preserve

02S035 Lorang Rd., Elburn
FREE

Thursday, Aug. 18; 6-8 p.m.
Freeman Kame Forest Preserve

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
(Meet at parking lot at Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls)
FREE

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, April 7; 10 a.m. - noon
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
FREE

Thursday, May 5; 10 a.m.-noon
Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
FREE

Thursday, June 2; 10 a.m.-noon
Fabyan West Forest Preserve

1925 Batavia Ave., Geneva
FREE

Thursday, July 7; 10 a.m.-noon
Binnie Marsh Forest Preserve

38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
FREE

Thursday, Aug. 4; 10 a.m.-noon
Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve

39W933 Russell Rd., Elgin
FREE

Thursday, Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-noon
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
(Meet at shelter on south side of Dean St.)
FREE

Nature Book Group

Calling all book-lovers and nature enthusiasts: join our Nature Book Group! Every month we'll discuss a book about the environment, nature, or related topics covering a broad range of issues. A diversity of viewpoints will be represented. Purchase or borrow and read the book(s) in advance and come ready for a lively and informative discussion! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingslover
Wednesday, March 16; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Wednesday, April 20; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn
Wednesday, May 18; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
Wednesday, June 15; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Runes of the North by Sigurd Olson
Wednesday, July 20; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
Wednesday, Aug. 17; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

The Unpublished Journals of John Muir by Linnie Marsh Wolfe
Wednesday, Sept. 21; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Wednesday, Oct. 19; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

In Control of Nature by John McPhee
Wednesday, Nov. 16; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols
Wednesday, Dec. 14; 7-8:30 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint 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.

A Sense of Place: The World of Colonel Fabyan

Where is home, for you? What makes a place home? We’ll look at these questions in light of knowing the land where we live. Each program in the Sense of Place series highlights the special and unique landscape of Kane County. We will look at the interplay of human culture and the land as well as local knowledge and folklore. A Dutch windmill, a Japanese tea garden, a Frank Lloyd Wright house, a bear cage, an alligator pool – what more can you ask for in an estate-turned-forest-preserve? Learn about this fascinating property and its origins in the 19th century, during this docent-led tour. The program will weave the story of Colonel George and Mrs. Nelle Fabyan, the Riverbank estate, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Fabyans’ love of the exotic. We will also discuss Fabyan’s place in the events of the early 20th century. The tour will include a walk through the house, or Villa, as well as a stroll in the tranquil calm of the Fabyan Japanese Garden. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, June 4; 10 a.m. - noon
Fabyan Forest Preserve

1925 Batavia Ave., Geneva
(Meet at the Villa)
Fee: $10/person


Summer Tree Identification

During this two-hour class you'll learn the basics of tree identification with instructor Valerie Blaine. We will look at the whole tree in its environment, observing not only leaves but bark, branches, leaf scars, buds, form, habit, and habitat as well. Hand-outs and reference material will be provided. Please bring a hand lens if you have one. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, June 5; 1-3 p.m.
Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove
Fee: $10/person


A Transcendental Travelogue: Henry David Thoreau's Journey Along the Fox River

American author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau traveled through northern Illinois and the Midwest in the spring of 1861, during which time he wrote about scores of native plants and wildlife. Thoreau scholar and former Elgin High School librarian Corinne H. Smith will lead an evening travelogue of the famous transcendentalist’s last and longest journey. She will describe Thoreau’s routes, the sights he saw and documented, and what you can see in those same places today, more than 150 years later. Copies of her book, "Westward I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey," will be available for purchase and signing. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, June 16; 7-8:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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


Pollinators

Discover the group of diverse and important organisms know as native pollinators. Pollinators impact the lives of humans, animals, plants and other insects, making them a group which is critical to life as we know it. In this class, we’ll begin with an overview of the ecology of pollinators. The discussion will include the co-evolution of flowering plants and insects, non-insect pollinators, and pollination syndromes. With this background, we will then examine the worldwide decline in pollinators and how that affects other life forms – including us! In the second part of the class, we’ll head into the field to find an array of pollinators at work. We will conclude by learning ways that everyone can help native pollinators. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, July 9; 1-3 p.m.
Pingree Grove Forest Preserve

14N187 US Route 20, Hampshire
Fee: $10/person


Fire: A prescription for Ecosystem Health

Fire is one of the most important natural agents of change. Recognizing its vital role in ecosystem health, land managers prescribe burning as a management tool. Trish Burns, the manager of Peck Farm Park in the Geneva Park District, will lead this class on prescribed burns. We’ll discuss the fire-adapted natural communities in our area and the dynamic element of fire as a management tool. The program will start in the classroom, and then continue outdoors to observe natural areas that were burned last spring. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Aug. 14; 10-11:30 a.m.
Peck Farm Park

4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
(Meet at the Orientation Barn)
Fee: $10/person


Primrose Farm

Today the farmyard at Primrose is filled with cows mooing, roosters crowing, and children learning, but how did we get here? What did our present-day living history farm actually look like in the 1930s? What led people to settle this land in the first place? Come explore the natural and cultural history of this unique site with naturalist Pam Otto and historian Laura Johns. This one-of-a-kind Learn from the Experts includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride and a sunset snack in the Summer Kitchen. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Aug. 18; 6:30-8 p.m.
Primrose Farm Park

5N726 Crane Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/person

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