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white oak Nature Programs for Adults

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, March 1; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Bliss Woods Forest Preserve

    5S660 Bliss Rd., Sugar Grove

  • Thursday, April 5; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Les Arends Forest Preserve

    2S731 Lincoln Way Rte. 31, Batavia

  • Thursday, May 3; 10 a.m. – Noon
    Freeman Kame Forest Preserve

    40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts

Twenties and Thirties Wildflower Walk

During this naturalist-guided walk, you will discover the diversity of native flora and learn about the ecology of the woods. We'll include tips for identifying wildflowers, too. This program is designed for adults in their twenties and thirties. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Thursday, May 3; 7 - 8 p.m.
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn

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 to register.

Thursday, Feb. 15; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Aurora West Forest Preserve

40W032 Hankes Rd., Aurora

Thursday, March 15; 5 - 7 p.m.
Fox River Bluff West Forest Preserve

5N753 IL Rte. 31, St. Charles

Thursday, April 19; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Fitchie Creek Forest Preserve (East Entrance)

10N630 Nesler Rd., Elgin

Thursday, May 17; 6 - 8 p.m.
Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn

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 to register.

Session 1: Kayaking Basics
Sunday, May 20; 10 a.m. - noon

Oakhurst Forest Preserve
1680 5th Ave., Aurora

Session 2
Sunday, June 10; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Voyageur Landing Forest Preserve
50 Airport Rd., Elgin
Fee: TBA

Session 3
Saturday, July 14; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Elgin Shores Forest Preserve
772 S. State Street, Elgin
Fee: TBA

Session 4
Saturday, Aug. 11; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
Fee: TBA

Session 5
Saturday, Sept. 8; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fabyan Forest Preserve
1925 Batavia Ave., Geneva
Fee: TBA

Session 6
Saturday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Glenwood Park Forest Preserve
1644 South River St., Batavia
Fee: TBA

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.

Back Country Cooking

Discover how to make cooking the best part of your camping trips! There are lots of easy and great tasting meals for backpacking adventures. We'll cover types of camping stoves, stove safety, menus, food preparation, and campsite kitchen gadgets. Bring your appetite — there will be delicious food to sample! Instructor: Terry Bomkamp, owner of Emmaus Adventures. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Saturday, April 14; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
Fee: $15/person

The Ecology and Evolution of the Horse

Horses have shaped lifestyles and landscapes. Instructors Lisa O'Brien and Cindi Martinovec will present an overview of the evolution of Equus calabus, the domestication of species, and the influence of the horse on ecology and culture. First part of class will be indoors, second part will be outdoors. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Tuesday, April 24; 7 - 9 p.m.
Frontenac Farm

35W199 Boncosky Rd., Sleepy Hollow
Fee: $10/person


Learn about the connection between humans and plants in this interactive class. Discover the many ways plants impact our lives, and vice-versa. Plant identification, folklore, history and science blend together in this class. We'll begin with an indoor presentation, and then head into the woods to learn about edible, medicinal and other uses of native plantst. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Saturday, May 5; 2-3:30 p.m.
Brewster Creek Forest Preserve

6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
Fee: $10/person