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November 29, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Feeding the birds is a great way to attract winter residents to your yard. Learn how to provide a refuge for birds with proper landscaping. Contact: 630-257-2045.
November 30, 2014
10:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday, Nov 30 * 10 am - 12 pm (post-Thanksgiving workout) Caldwell Woods, 6350 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL Reap the benefits of exercising outside in nature. These workouts include heart rate monitoring, circuit and interval training, simple stretching tips, dance and more. All ages. Call 708-771-1023 to register.
November 30, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Where does wildlife hide out during the winter months? Try to spot animal homes on this trail walk to find out. www.fpdcc.com
December 4, 2014
10:00am - 11:30am
Our monthly, free senior program moves indoors for the winter months. Join us for our annual holiday potluck. Bring your favorite, store-bought holiday dish to share. We'll enjoy food and fellowship by the fireplace during this special gathering. Be sure to bring your own place setting so we can end the year on a "green" note! No registration is required, and this is a free event. www.kaneforest.com
December 4, 2014
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Want to learn about Kane County's fastest-growing nature-education program for adults? Attend one of these free informational sessions to find out what all the excitement is about! During these sessions, you'll learn the dates, details, cost - and the benefits! - of this award-winning program. The mission of the Kane County Certified Naturalists is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Kane County natural resources through science-based education and community service. Please call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com to register. KCCN is a cooperative program of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the Saint Charles Park District, and the Geneva Park District. Classes begin in January 2015, followed by spring field trips. www.kaneforest.com
December 6, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm
Most of the trees, shrubs, and woody vines growing in Northeastern Illinois can be identified as easily in winter as in summer, it just requires refocusing our eyes on different features. Identifying woody plants in the leaf-off condition is important because brush removal and other ecological restoration efforts continue through the winter months. Participants will learn to use simple keys for twig identification, and spend much of the day outdoor studying growth forms and bark characteristics—all important to the winter ID of trees and shrubs. Dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch and something to drink. Saturday, December 6 (Revised date), 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Cost: $40 R/ $45 NR Min/Max 10/20 Call Tom Simpson, 815-678-4532 X 8218 for more information or visit www.MCCDistrict.org.
December 6, 2014
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Are you looking for something the whole family can do for free on a Saturday afternoon? Join us for a Lost Valley Venture at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Rt. 31 and Harts Rd., Ringwood. This family exploration program includes a nature lesson, game, and activity based around this month’s topic: Winter Birds. If the weather allows, guests will also go for a short outdoor exploratory hike with staff, so dress for the weather and walking. No registration required. All ages are welcome. Topics change monthly: January–Animal Tracking, February–Terrific Trees. This program is intended for families and cannot accommodate organized groups. Youth groups should contact Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779 to schedule a program for their group. MCCDistrict.org
December 7, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Visit fpdcc.com for details.
December 7, 2014
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Join the McHenry County Conservation District to search for sights and sounds of the owls that reside at Glacial Park during the winter months and be introduced to these magnificent creatures. We’ll hike the trails to listen for owls, view an informative presentation and visit with a live owl! The walk is over hilly terrain. Dress for the weather. Fee: $0 r/ $6 nr Min/Max: 12/50. Adult program, registration required, www.mccdistrict.org or call 815-479-5779.
December 11, 2014
10:00am - 11:30am
This program series is specially designed for home school families. Activities focus on ages 5-10 but all ages are welcome. Each month we explore a different topic at a different forest preserve. Advance registration is required. Please call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com to register. Tracking Wildlife Thursday, Dec. 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m Pingree Grove Forest Preserve, 14N187 US Route 20, Hampshire, IL Fee: $2/person Where Did All the Buffalo Go? Extirpated Animals of Illinois Tuesday, Jan. 8, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Creek Bend Nature Center, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., Saint Charles, IL Fee: $2/person The Big Sleep: Hiberating Animals of Illinois Thursday, Feb. 12, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Grunwald Farms Forest Preserve, 02S035 North Lorang Rd., Elburn, IL Fee: $2/person
December 13, 2014
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Make a simple bird feeder and learn about winter birds. www.fpdcc.com
December 13, 2014
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Are you looking for something the whole family can do for free on a Saturday afternoon? Join us for a Lost Valley Venture at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Rt. 31 and Harts Rd., Ringwood. This family exploration program includes a nature lesson, game, and activity based around this month’s topic: Winter Birds. If the weather allows, guests will also go for a short outdoor exploratory hike with staff, so dress for the weather and walking. No registration required. All ages are welcome. Topics change monthly: January–Animal Tracking, February–Terrific Trees. This program is intended for families and cannot accommodate organized groups. Youth groups should contact Prairieview Education Center at (815) 479-5779 to schedule a program for their group. MCCDistrict.org
   
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We are providing the places and programs for generations of families to connect with nature.

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We are developing strategies to mitigate climate change through land and water conservation action.

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We are making significant improvements in the ecological health of the region’s lands and waters.

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We are creating a region where healthy ecosystems contribute to a high quality of life for all residents.

      

  

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