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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.

Maple Sugaring Days!

The sap’s rising! Join us for our annual maple-tapping festival. We’ll explore the art, science and folklore of the “sugar bush” or maple grove, from early Native American times to the modern sugaring industry. District naturalists will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree, and you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at drilling and setting a tap. We’ll simmer sap over an open fire and watch as it thickens to syrup. There will be a “Sugarin’ Time” hike, during which you’ll learn how to distinguish maples from other species of hardwood trees in the woodland. No registration is required.

Saturday, March 14; 1-4 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Sunday, March 15; 1-4 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Fabulous Frogs

Frogs herald the coming of spring with exuberant outbursts of song. Come along on this naturalist-guided search for our local and vocal amphibians. We’ll learn to identify frogs by songs and physical characteristics. Come prepared to get a bit muddy and wet. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, April 18; 10-11:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Earth Day Hike

Celebrate Earth Day with a guided hike through the woods and prairie. We’ll look for wildlife, wildflowers and signs of spring during this hike in honor of Mother Earth. There will be hands-on activities and stories along the trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Wednesday, April 22; 4-5:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Garden Workshop Series

Learn about the natural and cultural impact of plants species that grow in our gardens. Following an informative discussion, participants will be provided with a pot, materials and plants to create their very own arrangement to take home. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Butterfly Gardens
Sunday, April 12; 1- 2 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/garden

Herb Gardens
Sunday, April 26; 1-2 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/garden

Vegetable Gardens
Saturday, May 9; 1-2 p.m.

Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $10/garden

Spring Wildflowers

The woods are carpeted with beautiful blossoms in the spring. Learn the names and colorful stories of native wildflowers during this naturalist-guided walk. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, May 9; 10-11 a.m.
Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve

41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
FREE

Homeschool Explorations - Spring Series

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. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Maple Sugaring
Thursday, March 12; 10-11:30 a.m.

Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve
41W600 Hughes Rd., Elburn
Fee: $2/person

Fabulous Frogs
Thursday, April 9; 10-11:30 a.m.

Binnie Forest Preserve
38W040 Binnie Rd., West Dundee
Fee: $2/person

Bees, Bugs and Beetles”
Thursday, May 14; 10-11:30 a.m.

Campton Forest Preserve
4N379 Town Hall Rd., Saint Charles
Fee: $2/person

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