white oak Take a Hike Program

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County invites you to "Take a Hike!"

We're inviting individuals and families to get to know Kane County's forest preserves better, as part of our Take a Hike program. Each month, we'll highlight different preserves and add a corresponding activity for each.

Activity Sheets will be posted during the first week of each month. You may complete them at any time during the year, but keep in mind that some activities are seasonal. Complete 6 of the 12 Take a Hike activities, and you’ll receive a free patch (while supplies last).

To earn credit for hikes, submit your answers or completed Activity Sheet(s) to our naturalist staff via:

•  E-mail:
•  Fax:
•  Mail:
Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St.
St. Charles, IL 60175
•  Or in person -
Visit us at Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.

Be sure to include your full contact information with your answers. All Take a Hike activities must be completed and turned in by year-end.

Take a Hike is perfect for scouts, youth groups, coworkers or families to complete together. It’s also a great way to keep in shape, in touch, and in tune with nature — all while having fun recreating in the Kane County forest preserves! Scouts and group leaders: Please let us know if your group plans to complete at least 6 of the 12 Take a Hike activities this year, so that we can make sure we have enough patches on hand.

Here are preserves and activity sheets for our Take a Hike program:

January:  Lake Run Forest Preserve
February:  Helm Woods Forest Preserve
March:  Kenyon Farm Forest Preserve
April:  Binnie Forest Preserve
May:  Oakhurst Forest Preserve
June:  LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
July:  Glenwood Park Forest Preserve
August:  Blackberry Maples Forest Preserve
September:  Hampshire Forest Preserve
October:  Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve
November:  Tyler Creek Forest Preserve
December:  Fox River Bluff East Forest Preserve

Call our naturalist staff at (847) 741-8350 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com with questions or for additional information. We look forward to seeing you out on the trails!