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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.

Woodland Solstice

It's a season of giving and celebration. Here's your chance to give to Mother Earth and celebrate the return of the sun! Come out to Creek Bend Nature Center to help restore habitat in the woods. We'll cut invasive brush to bring sunlight to native oaks, hickories and other plants. After cutting and hauling brush, we'll warm up by a campfire in the waning light. Tools will be provided. Suitable for ages 10 and up. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, Dec. 21; 3-4:30 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

New Year's Morning Hike 2018

What a better way to start 2018 than a hike in the wintry woods! On this special holiday, you're welcome to bring the whole family — grandkids and grandparents. We'll look for the first animal tracks made in new year's snow, and discover any surprises Mother Nature offers. There will be coffee and cocoa in the nature center, after the hike. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Monday, Jan. 1; 9-10 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Winter Wildlife Hike

There are many animals that brave the Illinois winter. On this naturalist-guided hike, we'll look for signs of wintering wildlife and learn about their adaptations for surviving the cold. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Tuesday, Jan. 2; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Thursday, Jan. 4; 4-5 p.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
FREE

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Search for nature's treasures in the winter woods on this guided hike. We'll look for animal tracks, seeds, burrows, and much more! All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Feb. 3; 10-11 a.m.
Elburn Forest Preserve

45W061 IL Rte. 38, Maple Park
FREE

Sunday, Feb. 18; 10-11 a.m.
Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve

35W076 Villa Marie Rd., St. Charles
FREE

Maple Sugaring Days 2018

It's our annual celebration of spring! Maple Sugaring Days are March 3-4, from 1-4 p.m. at Creek Bend Nature Center. Naturalists from the Forest Preserve District of Kane County will teach you how to tap a maple tree. You can try drilling and setting a tap. Watch sap simmer over an open fire as it thickens to syrup. Come on our "Sugarin' Time" hike, to learn how to distinguish maples, from other trees. Sample pure, local syrup. Afterward, check-out the interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Bring the whole family for this fun, free program. Make this your spring tradition!

Saturday March 3 - 4; 1-4 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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