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white oak Nature Programs for All Ages

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.

Hooked on Fishing

Join us for a FREE children's fishing event! Bring your whole family. We'll supply the fishing gear and bait. Light refreshments will be provided. If you have fishing experience and would like to volunteer to help kids bait, cast, catch and release, call our Volunteer Coordinator at 630-762-2741 or email cleaverobb@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, June 4; 8 a.m. - noon
Oakhurst Forest Preserve

1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
FREE

Thoreau for Kids

Kids and parents can do one of the activities in the new book, "Henry David Thoreau for Kids: His Life and Ideas, With 21 Activities." Author Corinne H. Smith will demonstrate an easy project: making a rock collection box from a shoebox and extra cardboard. Thoreau made his out of wood; but we'll have fun recycling and repurposing more common material. We'll supply the boxes and cardboard. You can bring along rocks you've already found. We'll have guide books to help identify, label and store them. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tuesday, June 14; 7-8 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
$10/family

Pollination Celebration!

There are pollinators-a-plenty at Brunner Family Farm Forest Preserve. Coem out to the farm to learn about pollinators in agriculture as well as in natural areas. The farm's beekeeper will discuss honeybees and provide demonstrations on beekeeping. District naturalists will have information and activities about native pollinators and their importance for wild plants. There will be a pollinator scavenger hunt, crafts, and more! Drop in any time between 1 and 3 p.m. for this free family event. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, June 19; 1-3 p.m.
Brunner Family Farm Forest Preserve

18N681 Illinois 31, Dundee
FREE

Pop-up Naturalists: Pollinators

Our traveling naturalist (aka, Pop-up Naturalist) will appear at forest preserves throughout the week. The tent will have a variety of activities and information about all kinds of pollinators - from butterflies to bees, ants, birds, and bats. District naturalists will be on hand to discuss the diversity of native pollinators, the reasons for their decline, and what you can do to help bring them back from the brink. Look for the Pop-up Naturalist in a preserve near you!
Monday, June 20 - Sunday, June 26
Kane County Forest Preserves

FREE

Firefly Fireworks

Explore the fascinating world of blinking bugs. This popular evening program begins with a walk-and-talk at dusk. District naturalists will explain how and why fireflies produce their eerie light. When darkness falls, we'll watch the woods and prairie light up with thousands of flashing fireflies. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tuesday, July 5; 8-9 p.m.
Hampshire Forest Preserve

44W780 Allen Rd., Hampshire
FREE

Thursday, July 7; 8-9 p.m.
Campton Forest Preserve

4N379 Town Hall Rd., Saint Charles
FREE

Dragons, Damsels and Darners

Time to go on a dragon hunt! During this guided walk, we'll look for dragonflies, damselflies, and their kin. We won't truly hunt them, but we'll observe these cool insects in their natvie habitat and find out how they fly, what they eat, and how important they are in our prairies and wetlands. All ages are welcome on this exploration; children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, July 10; 10-11 a.m.
Dick Young Forest Preserve

39W115 Main St., Batavia
FREE

Wednesday, July 13; 7-8 p.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

14N035 Coombs Rd., Elgin
FREE

In Search of Snakes

Learn about the fascinating lives of these scaly, legless creatures. On this naturalist-led hike, we'll search different habitats while learning about the ecology of native snakes. The program will cover snakes' lifestyles, or niches, including what they eat, how they eat, and where they hang out. Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes since we may travel off trail. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, July 16; 10-11 a.m.
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 Route 38, Elburn
FREE

Creek Exploration

Dip your toes in the water and enjoy a naturalist-guided exploration of the watery world of creeks. Fish frogs, and water striders are just a few of the cool creatures we'll find. Wear shorts and bring an extra pair of shoes for wading. Children must be a minimum of five years old, and adults must accompany children in water. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tuesday, Aug. 2; 10-11 a.m.
Tyler Creek Forest Preserve

401 Davis Rd., Elgin
FREE

Bat Watch

The fun starts at dusk if you're an insectivorous bat, or if you're someone who likes to watch bats! During this family program, we'll find bats using our super-duper "Bat Detector." This device picks up the bats' "clicks" used in echolocation. We'll also play some bat games and learn about bat ecology. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Wednesday, July 27; 8-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Wednesday, Aug. 3; 8-9 p.m.
Binnie Forest Preserve

38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
FREE

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