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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.

National Pollinator Week

Did you know that one of every three bites of food we eat are made possible by a pollinator? It could be a bee, a butterfly, a bat. Hundreds of kinds of animals move pollen from one plant to another, allowing plants to flourish. Healthy plants mean healthy people! The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is part of the international celebration of Pollinator Week each June. During this special week, we highlight the valuable ecosystem services provided by insects, birds, mammals and other pollinators. Check out these fun activities during National Pollinator Week: June 18 - June 24, 2018
  • Pop-up Naturalist
    This tent will appear at forest preserves throughout the week. The Pop-up will feature everything pollinator. It includes hands-on activities for children, information about pollinator plant gardens, posters and take-home treats for all.

  • Rusty-patched Bumblebee Class; Sunday, June 17; 1 - 2:30 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center

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

  • Monarchs & Milkweed Festival; Saturday, June 23; Noon - 3 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center

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

  • Self-guided activities and displays at Creek Bend Nature Center;
    Creek Bend Nature Center

    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    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 e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Friday, June 29; 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    Campton Forest Preserve

    4N379 Town Hall Rd., St. Charles
    FREE

    Saturday, June 30; 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    Freeman Kame Forest Preserve

    40W346 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
    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.

    Saturday, Aug. 4; 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.
    Hampshire Forest Preserve

    44W880 Allen Rd., Hampshire
    FREE

    Tuesday, Aug. 7; 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.
    Creek Bend Nature Center

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

    By the Light of the Moon

    Learn the legends of the moon on these monthly night hikes. Traditional cultures have names for each month's full moon, signifying important natural events of the season. Listen to the stories and learn a little astronomy by the light of the full moon. We'll enjoy a night hike even if skies are cloudy. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

    Pink Moon
    Sunday, April 29; 8 - 9 p.m.

    Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve
    41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
    FREE

    Flower Moon
    Tuesday, May 29; 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

    Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
    6N921 IL Rte. 25, St. Charles
    FREE

    Strawberry Moon
    Wednesday, June 27; 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.

    Camp Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls
    40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
    FREE

    Buck Moon
    Friday, July 27; 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.

    Creek Bend Nature Center
    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
    37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
    FREE

    Sturgeon Moon
    Sunday, Aug. 26; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve
    41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
    FREE

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