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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.

Firefly Fireworks

Explore the fascinating world of brilliant bugs during our evening firefly programs. We'll begin our walk at dusk and watch the nighttime magic begin as thousands of fireflies rise from the prairie. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Thursday, July 9; 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Campton Forest Preserve

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

In Search of Snakes

Learn about the fascinating lives of scaled and legless creatures during this naturalist-guided program. We'll search different habitats while learning about the ecology of native snakes. The program will cover snakes' lifestyles, or niches, including what they eat, how they eat, and where they hang out. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes since we may travel off trail. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, July 18; 10-11 a.m.
Dick Young Forest Preserve

2S326 Nelson Lake Rd., Batavia
Fee: $2/person

Creek Exploration

Dip your toes in the water and enjoy a naturalist-guided exploration of the watery world of creeks. Fish, frogs and water striders are just a few of the cool creatures we'll find. Wear shorts and bring an extra pair of shoes for wading. Adults must accompany children in the water. Minimum age: 5 years. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Wednesday, Aug. 5; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Tyler Creek Forest Preserve

401 Davis Rd., Elgin
Fee: $2/person

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 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.

Tuesday, Aug. 11; 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles
Fee: $2/person

Thursday, Aug. 13; 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Hannaford Woods/Nickels Farm Forest Preserve

5S002 Merrill Rd., Sugar Grove
Fee: $2/person

Mosquitoes: More than Meets the Compound Eye

Mosquitoes are undoubtedly our most unpopular native insects. They're swatted and smashed, sprayed and fumigated. But have you ever stopped to look at one up close? This fun evening program of catching and observing these nocturnal insects will have you itching to know more about the important role they play in ecology. We'll use magnifiers and bug boxes to look at them, and play a "mosquito game" as well. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Aug. 29; 7-8 p.m.
Binnie Forest Preserve

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

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