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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

What a better way to start 2017 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 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.

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

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

Owls by Moonlight

It's a full moon, and owls are out hunting in the winter woods. Join District naturalists and staff from the Geneva Public Library for a nighttime hike in search of owls. We'll tell tales of owls around the world, and learn about our local owls as well. We'll also try to call an owl or two. Advance registration is required. Call 630-232-0893 or visit www.gpld.org to register.

Friday, Jan. 13; 7-8 p.m.
Fabyan West Forest Preserve; Shelter #1

1925 Batavia Ave., Geneva
FREE

Coyotes in Winter

Coyotes are abundant in Kane County. They captivate the imagination with their yipping in the night and their secretive habits. 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. 21; 10-11 a.m.
Pingree Grove Forest Preserve

14N187 US Route 20, Hampshire
FREE

Winter Wildlife Hike

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

Sunday, Jan. 29; 10-11 a.m.
Burnidge Forest Preserve

14N035 Coombs Rd., Elgin
FREE

The Gross, the Bad and the Yucky

Sometimes, the yuckiest things in nature are the coolest. Consider a bird that pukes on anything that disturbs it. Some spiders make milkshakes from the guts of their prey. Other critters that walk on their snot, and there's much more! This informative program will include a short hike outdoors and an activity. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Sunday, Feb. 19; 10-11 a.m.
The Barbara Belding Lodge

Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 Rte. 25, Saint Charles
Fee: $2/person

Reading in the Winter Woods

It's said that nature is a language; it's for us to learn to read it. On this guided walk, we'll "read" animal stories by looking for footprints, bark rubbings, or droppings. This program is co-sponsored with the Geneva Public Library. Advance registration is required. Call 630-232-0893 or visit www.gpld.org to register.

Monday, Feb. 20; 10-11 a.m.
Fabyan East Forest Preserve; Shelter #4

1500 Crissey Ave., IL Rte. 25, Geneva
FREE

Tracks and Trails

Many animals are active in winter, and they leave tell-tale signs of their presence. Come out to LeRoy Oakes for a guided hike and look for animal signs. We'll learn the habits and behaviors of native wildlife by the signs they leave. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register.

Saturday, Feb. 25; 10-11 a.m.
Creek Bend Nature Center

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

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