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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. 

Week in the Woods - Summer Camp

Explore the woods and fields during these five-day nature camps! The naturalists will lead activities based on a different nature theme each day. You'll learn about native animals and plants in their habitats, the web of life and much more! For children entering grades 1st through 6th. Detailed information provided upon registration. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • Monday, June 11 - Friday, June 15
    9 a.m. - Noon

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $150/child

  • Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13
    9 a.m. - Noon

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $150/child


Wild Things Wednesdays

This program series will offer a new adventure each week. These naturalist-led programs will include hikes and activities at a new forest preserve each week. We'll explore the woods, search for wildlife in the prairie, wade in the creek learning about aquatic life and much more! The program is designed for kids entering 1st through 6th grades You can register your child for one, two, or any combination of these programs. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

  • Theme 1
    Wednesday, June 20; 9 a.m. - Noon

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    $30/session; or $200 for all 7 sessions

  • Theme 2
    Wednesday, June 27; 9 a.m. - Noon

    Fabyan Forest Preserve
    1925 Batavia Ave., Geneva
    $30/session; or $200 for all 7 sessions

  • Theme 3
    Wednesday, July 11; 9 a.m. - Noon

    Burnidge Forest Preserve
    38235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
    $30/session; or $200 for all 7 sessions

  • Theme 4
    Wednesday, July 18; 9 a.m. - Noon

    Big Rock Forest Preserve
    46W072 Jericho Rd., Big Rock
    $30/session; or $200 for all 7 sessions

  • Theme 5
    Wednesday, July 25; 9 a.m. - Noon

    Dick Young Forest Preserve
    2S326 Nelson Lake Rd., Batavia
    $30/session; or $200 for all 7 sessions

  • Theme 6
    Wednesday, Aug. 1; 9 a.m. - Noon

    Oakhurst Forest Preserve
    1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
    $30/session; or $200 for all 7 sessions

  • Theme 7
    Wednesday, Aug. 8; 9 a.m. - Noon

    Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls/Freeman Kame Forest Preserve
    40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
    $30/session; or $200 for all 7 sessions


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.

  • Frog Pond
    Thursday, April 26; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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

  • So Many Butterflies!
    Thursday, May 24; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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

  • 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


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.

  • Frog Pond
    Thursday, April 26; 1 – 2 p.m.

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

  • So Many Butterflies!
    Thursday, May 24; 1 – 2 p.m.

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

  • 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

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, April 20; 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, May 18; 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, June 1; 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Friday, June 15; 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • 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.



    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve

    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles;
    FREE

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..

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