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Anatomy of Trees: A Winter Sketching Workshop

Bring a sketchbook and pencil to explore the anatomy of trees from direct observation in the field. No previous experience is necessary. Dress warmly to prepare for one-hour of outdoor observational drawing, and reference gathering using your smart phone. We offer two dates and locations for this workshop — choose one that works best with your schedule! Note: This program is for ages 18 and above. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Jan. 16; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
Fee: $40/person

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Saturday, Jan. 18; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $40/person

Senior Stroll

Seniors are invited to join District naturalists, each month, for a pleasant stroll through forest preserve natural areas. During these leisurely, naturalist-guided hikes, we'll learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. Strolls begin at 10 a.m. and last about an hour, with social time and refreshments, following the walk. Our monthly senior program moves indoors during the winter months, typically with a nature presentation. No registration is required for these free programs:

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

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

  • Holiday Potluck
    Bring your favorite holiday dish to share. We’ll enjoy food and fellowship by the fireplace during this special year-end “Senior Stroll.” Be sure to bring your own place setting, so we can end the year on a “green” note!
    Thursday, Dec. 5; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    The Barbara Belding Lodge

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

  • California Dreaming: From Ocean to Desert
    Join Naturalist Barb McKittrick for a travelogue about her exploration of two very different California State Parks. At more than 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is California’s largest state park. It’s a wild and remote place covered with badlands, palm oases, slot canyons, and cactus-studded hills. Home to the rare Torrey pine tree, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of the wildest stretches of land on the Southern California coast, and boasts breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Barb will share the ecology and beauty of these two very different parks.
    Thursday, Jan. 2; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls

    40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
    FREE

  • Blanding’s Turtle Ecology and Conservation in Kane County
    What moves slowly, can survive 70+ years, and often lives dangerously? Join us to find out as we learn from Forest Preserve Wildlife Biologist Bill Graser about the ecology and conservation of the Blanding’s turtle in Kane County. We will discuss the turtle’s habitat requirements, life history, population status, and effort underway to secure the species’ future in Kane County.
    Thursday, Feb. 6; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    The Barbara Belding Lodge

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

Landscape Painting for Teens & Adults

This series of six classes constitutes a professional beginning course on painting landscapes in watercolor or gouache. Basic composition and theory will be discussed during this six-week program, with all classes meeting indoors. Note: This program is for ages 14 and above. A class supply list will be provided at registration. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Mondays — Jan. 13 - Feb. 17; 6 – 9 p.m.
Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
Fee: $200/person

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

    39W115 Main St., Batavia
    FREE

  • Saturday, Dec. 7; 9 – 11 a.m.
    Les Arends Forest Preserve

    2S731 Rte. 31, Batavia
    FREE

  • Saturday, Jan. 4; 9 – 11 a.m.
    Burnidge Forest Preserve

    14N035 Coombs Rd., Elgin
    FREE

  • Thursday, Feb. 20; 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
    Glenwood Park Forest Preserve

    1644 S. River St., Batavia
    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.

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


Windmills in the Fox Valley: A Cultural History and Tour

This is your chance to get inside a 100+ year old working windmill! Join Head Miller Mark Rivecco for a morning learning about windmills in the Fox Valley area and touring the historic Fabyan Windmill in the Fabyan Forest Preserve. We’ll start out with an indoor presentation at Creek Bend Nature Center, then caravan over to the Fabyan Windmill for a personal tour of the interior workings of this authentic Dutch windmill. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Dec. 14; noon - 2 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $10/person

Winter Tree Identification

During this class, you’ll learn how to identify trees without leaves. There will be an introduction indoors, followed by a hike in the woods. We’ll examine bark, branches, twigs, leaf scars and buds, to use for identification. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Jan. 26; 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Winter Wildlife Tracking

Our wildlife neighbors may be shy about showing themselves, but they certainly do not shy away from leaving evidence of their presence. Tracks, trail patterns, scat and other signs abound, and are particularly easy to find during the cold-weather months. We’ll begin this interactive class indoors, with an overview of local fauna and tracking techniques, then head outdoors to practice what we’ve learned. You’ll never look at ‘bare’ ground the same again. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Feb. 1; Time 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Conservation@Home: Inviting Nature into Your Yard

Join Jim Kleinwachter of The Conservation Foundation to learn how to create a more eco-friendly yard. Under the Conservation@Home program, Jim helps teach homeowners how to reduce water run-off, increase wildlife habitat, and improve their soil. The benefits of doing so include reducing water and chemical use, creating more area for birds and butterflies, and minimizing time spent lawn mowing. This program will cover a variety of techniques for transforming your yard, including the use of rain barrels, rain gardens, and the selection and use of native plants to solve yard problems. Participants will receive a butterfly attraction and identification pamphlet, a native plant guide, and the option of getting a free yard evaluation from the Conservation@Home team. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Feb. 15; Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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