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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 to register.

Passport to Adventure!

Take an adventure this summer at area museums with the “Passport to Adventure” program. Participating sites in the Forest Preserve District include Creek Bend Nature Center, the Durant House Museum and Pioneer Sholes School at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles, and the Fabyan Villa Museum in Geneva. The passport program encourages children and their parents to visit a variety of history, nature, science and art museums to explore the people, events, and environment of the area. The program is sponsored by the Illinois Parks & Recreation Association, the Kane-DuPage Regional Museum Association and a host of other partner agencies. Passports are available in late May at the Geneva and St. Charles Libraries. More information about the program is available at 630-444-3190.

Experience the Fox River by Kayak

If you've always wanted to learn to kayak and are intrigued with the idea of exploring our local river treasures by boat, join us for a half day paddling adventure! This program is designed as a beginner's introduction to kayaking followed by a naturalist-guided tour of the Fox River. Participants will receive dry land instruction on basic kayaking techniques from a professional kayaking instructor prior to taking to the water. After paddling and investigating the river for 3 hours, participants will be shuttled back to the put-in at Glenwood Forest Preserve. For ages 12 and up. Registration by Agu. 25 is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Saturday, Sept. 9; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Glenwood Forest Preserve

1644 S. River St., Batavia
Fee: $79/person; Fee includes kayak, flotation device, paddle rental, professional instruction and guide.

Harvest of the Acorn Moon Festival

Celebrate autumn's arrival with the Forest Preserve District! Join us for pumpkin painting, games, guided hikes, nature crafts, folk music and fun. Advance registration is required.

Sunday, Oct. 8; 1-4 p.m.
Oakhurst Forest Preserve

1680 Fifth Ave., Aurora
Fee: FREE; Nominal fee for crafts and refreshments.

Scary Stories in the Woods

Gather around the campfire for an evening of scary stories told by master storytellers from the St. Charles Public Library. This program is exclusively for adults and children, age 8 and above. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

Saturday, Oct. 28; 8-9 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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