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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.

New Year's Morning Hike 2019

Start the new year with a healthy hike in the wintry woods! Bring the whole family, or come on your own. We'll look for the first animal tracks made in the 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.

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

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

Coyotes in Winter

Coyotes are abundant in Kane County. They are masters at staying out of sight, so we don't see them often. On this guided hike, we'll search for coyote tracks, scat and other evidence of their activity. Along the trail, we'll learn about coyote behavior and their role in ecology. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Jan. 19; 10-11 a.m.
Pingree Grove Forest Preserve

14N187 US Rte. 20, Hampshire
FREE

Wildlife Signs & Tracking

Many animals are active in the winter and they leave tell-tale signs of their presence. Come to Creek Bend Nature Center for a class on wildlife tracking. After the presentation, we'll head outside to apply what we've learned. We'll explore the habits and behaviors of native wildlife by the signs they leave. This program is for ages 8 and above and children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Jan. 26; 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $5/person

Groundhog Day Hike

It's Groundhog Day — or if you prefer — Woodchuck Day! Join us in a search for the sleepy critter at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. Groundhogs (aka woodchucks or whistlepigs) are among the few native hibernators in our area. We'll take a hike in the woods to look for their tracks, talk about hibernation and learn about their role in ecology. We may even see a groundhog looking at his shadow! Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Feb. 2; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Nature holds lots of treasures in winter, from animal tracks, to snowflakes, to seeds. On this naturalist-guided hike, we'll go on a winter scavenger hunt to see what we can find. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Feb. 17; 10-11 a.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
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.


Hunter's Moon
Wednesday, Oct. 24; 6 - 7 p.m.

Pingree Grove Forest Preserve
14N187 US Rte. 20
FREE

Wolf Moon
Sunday, Jan. 20; 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve
35W003 IL Rte. 31, South Elgin
FREE

Snow Moon
Wednesday, Feb. 20; 6:45 - 7:45 p.m.

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

Maple Sugaring Days - March 2 & March 3, 2019

Mark your calendar for this sweet sign of spring: Maple Sugaring Days are March 2nd & March 3, 2019. 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 deomonstrate how to tap a maple tree, and you'll have hte 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. For more information, call 630-444-3190.

Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3; Noon - 3 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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