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Registration is required.   Many programs fill up quickly, so please register early to guarantee a spot. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. 

Passport to Adventure

Take an adventure this summer at area museums with the Passport to Adventure program. Participating sites in the Kane County Forest Preserve District include Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, the Fabyan Villa Museum in Geneva, the Durant-Peterson House and the Pioneer Sholes School at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. The passport program encourages children and their parents to visit a variety of history, nature, science and art museums to explore the people, events and environment of the area. Children ages 4 through 12 will experience the world around them through exhibits and activities at each site they visit. The program is sponsored by the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association, the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association and a host of other partner agencies. Passports are available in late May at the Geneva and St. Charles Public Libraries. For more information, call 630-444-3190..

Nature Tykes (for 3-year olds)

In this program geared for 3-year olds, we will explore the natural world through a variety of activities. Sessions include a combination of stories, nature hikes, songs, games, or crafts. A parent or caregiver must accompany child. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • What's the Weather?
    Thursday, June 28; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Nighttime Flyers
    Thursday, July 26; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Hug a Tree
    Thursday, Aug. 23; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Nature's Harvest
    Thursday, Sept. 27; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Fossils
    Thursday, Oct. 25; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Turkey Trot
    Thursday, Nov. 29; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child


Little Naturalists (for 4-5-year olds)

In this hour-long program for 4-5 year olds, children will discover the wonders of nature through stories, nature hikes, songs, games, or crafts. (Note: This is a "drop-off" program; adults and siblings may enjoy the trails or wait in the nature center during program.) Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • What's the Weather?
    Thursday, June 28; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Nighttime Flyers
    Thursday, July 26; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Hug a Tree
    Thursday, Aug. 23; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Nature's Harvest
    Thursday, Sept. 27; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Fossils
    Thursday, Oct. 25; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

  • Turkey Trot
    Thursday, Nov. 29; 1 – 2 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $5/child

Story Time at Creek Bend Nature Center

Treat your child to story times at Creek Bend Nature Center. This popular program series is for children (infants through 5-year olds) and their caregivers. St. Charles Public Library staff will read books, accompanied by finger plays, songs and more. All are welcome to enjoy the interactive exhibits in the Nature Center, following the program. All story times are free. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • Friday, July 13; 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, July 20; 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 17; 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 24; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 21; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 19; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 16; 10:30 – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 14; 10:30 – 11 a.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

37W700 Dean St., St. Charles;
FREE

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