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white oak Nature Programs for Family

All ages are welcome to attend family programs unless an age limit is specified. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Organized groups must schedule a separate tour for their group. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

As Darkness Falls

When the sky grows dark, the forests come alive with nocturnal animals. On these naturalist-guided night hikes, we’ll walk through the shadowy darkness and learn about the denizens of the dark. The hikes are open to all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. (This program is designed for families. Scout groups must register separately for a group program.) Registration required. Please call 630- 444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

Saturday Oct. 4; 7-8:30 p.m.
Hannaford Woods Forest Preserve

5S002 Merrill Road (approximately 1 mile east of IL Route 47), Sugar Grove
Fee: $2/person, $8/family of four or more.

Saturday, Oct. 11; 7-8:30 p.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $2/person, $8/family of four or more.

Saturday, Oct. 18; 7-8:30 p.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
Fee: $2/person, $8/family of four or more.

Scary Stories in the Woods

Gather around the campfire for an evening of scary stories told by master storytellers A. Denise Farrugia and Donna Detman of the St. Charles Public Library. This program is exclusively for children (grades three and above) and adults. Registration required. Please call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

Saturday, Oct. 25, 8–9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Homeschool Explorations

This program series is specially designed for home school families with children ages 5-10, although all ages are welcome.  Each month we cover a new topic at a different forest preserve, with lots of hands-on activities and plenty of fun. Space is limited for this popular program. Please call ahead to reserve your spot. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 to register or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.
 
Seeds
Thursday, Sept. 11; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve
43W231 Main St., Elburn
Fee: $2/person; $8/family of four or more

Owls of Illinois
Thursday, Oct. 9; 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve
35W076 Villa Marie Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $2/person; $8/family of four or more

White-Tail Deer
Thursday, Nov. 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Hampshire Forest Preserve
44W880 Allen Rd., Hampshire
Fee: $2/person; $8/family of four or more

Simply Meaningful Holidays

Do you get overwhelmed by the excesses of the holidays? Does shopping sap your spirit? The craziness of the holiday season can deplete not only your resources, but the earth’s as well. Come to this fun workshop to find earth-friendly and personally rewarding alternatives. We’ll share ideas on putting the three r’s in the holidays – reducing, reusing, and recycling. Everyone will get to try their hand at making gift boxes from recycled magazines and creating ornaments and decorations with renewable, natural materials. Be sure to bring your ideas to share with the group. All ages are welcome! Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Sunday, Dec. 21; 4 – 5 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Winter Solstice Campfire

Gather around a campfire as the sun sets on the shortest day of the year. Learn about the winter solstice with stories from different cultures emphasizing the interplay of cultural and ecological events on this pivotal day. All ages are welcome to herald the return of the sun! Space is limited, so register early! Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Sunday, Dec. 21; 4 – 5 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
FREE

Tracks and Trails

Many animals are active in winter, and they leave tell-tale signs of their presence. Come on out to LeRoy Oakes for a guided hike and look for animal signs. We’ll learn the habits and behaviors of native wildlife by the signs they leave. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.


Saturday, Dec. 27; 9 – 10 a.m.
Binnie Forest Preserve

38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
FREE

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