FALL 2017   
A facility of the St. Charles Park District
HOURS 
Tu-Sa: 10am-4pm / Sun: 12-4pm 
Th: 4-8pm (through Oct 26) 

630-513-4399 / stcnature.org 
 
 
Saturday, October 14 | 5:30-7pm

All Ages

Advance Wristband Sales: $8 per person  (#10516)
Gate Admission: $10 per person
Ages 3 and under are FREE
 
Spend an evening searching for this mysterious creature in the Hickory Knolls Natural Area. Lots more, too - including the Prairie Maze, Campfire, Games and Storytelling. 

For special group rates (Scouts & Youth Groups), call 630-513-4399.
Click here to register.

Saturday, October 21 | 10am-4pm 
Sunday, October 22 | 12-4pm 
 
Ages 1+
RES $5/NR $8  (#14006)
 
The animals have run off with the scarecrow! 
Take a self-guided scavenger hunt to follow the clues along the trail. Can you find our garden friend? Return to the building to claim your prize. Must pre-register to receive a prize. Adults are free for this adventure. Come either day to participate in this program. Begin inside building.  
NEW! Zombie Survival
Ages 8-12
F    Oct 6  |  9am-12pm
RES $20/NR $30  (#14005)
Up for a challenge? Try your hand at shelter building, fire starting and finding your way with a compass to see if you have the skills to survive an apocalypse. Come prepared to be outside and dress for the weather. See if you can outsmart the undead!


NEW! The Great Pumpkin
Ages 1-6
M    Oct 23  |  9-10am
RES $10/NR $15  (#14007)
The plants may be getting ready for the end of the season, but we can still celebrate the joy of the harvest. Explore plants from the seed to the fruit and you will paint a pumpkin to take home and enjoy.
Adults are free.


NEW! Trick or Treat with the Critters
Ages 1-6
Tu    Oct 31  |  10am-4pm
RES $2/NR $3  (#14161)
The animals have more treats than tricks today. Stop in and visit our resident critters and test out your nature skills. Follow their 'tricky' clues to earn a treat for all of your hard work. Drop in any time on Halloween to participate, but registration is required to receive a prize.

NEW! Nature's Animal Hospital
Ages 1-6
M    Nov 13  |  9-10am
RES $5/NR $8  (#14168)
Hickory Knolls is home to many animals that have been rescued. Bring a stuffed animal friend to meet some of the animals that call the Discovery Center home and then play along with a pretend check-up for your stuffed friend.
Advance registration is required.


NEW! Marshmallow Wonderland
Ages 1-6
W    Dec 6  |  9-10am
RES $5/NR $8  (#14170)
Everyone needs a home, even the gingerbread man! Meet some animals, learn about their habitats and then build your own take home treat. Start the season off right in a sweet fashion!


NEW! Star Wars - Jedi Challenge
Ages 3+
W    Dec 6  |  6:30-7:30pm
RES $5/NR $8  (#14172)
Channel your sensory skills as you challenge against the true Jedi Masters-the animals. Animal adaptions allow them to survive the wild and you can see if your senses measure up to the 'force' of nature.
Adults are free. Advance registration is required.


Click on code #s to register.


All Ages
Tu-W & F    Nov 21-22 & 24  |  10am-4pm   
FREE but please register  (#14169)

Calling all turkey fans! Drop in for a free, self- guided craft that will keep you from feeling like a bird brain.

Click here to register.


All Ages
Tu-Th    Dec 19-21  |  10am-4pm   
RES $2/NR $3  (#14171)

Craft in a way that will both help you celebrate the winter
season and save the earth at the same time. Make an ornament from recycled fabric to take home and hang on your own tree. Craft is ongoing during hours of operation and is self-guided. Advance registration required.
Fall Nature Programs for Adults
Happy Hikers Walking Group
Ages 50+
W    Sep 6-Dec 6  |  8:30-9:30am   
FREE but please register
  (#14637

Celebrate fall while witnessing the blaze of colors in the natural area. Hikes are over moderate terrain. Wear appropriate shoes. Dress for the weather. Current hikers, please note the new later start time for fall. 
Learn from the Experts: A Little Bird Told Me  
Ages 16+
Tu    Sep 19  |  7-8:30pm   
RES/NR $10  (#14153
 


Birds have changed Denis Kania's life. He now looks differently at people, the world and our future. Join Denis as he explains how his world travels have shaped his perspective on ecological conservation both near and far away. The ultimate message is-how we can make better decisions that affect our local environment, and places around the world.
 
Click on code #s to register. 
Volunteers Needed!
Give Nature a Hand 
Join naturalist staff for weekly restoration days in the community's scenic natural areas!

Saturdays - 9am-12pm
1st: Hickory Knolls Natural Area
2nd: Norris Woods Nature Preserve
3rd: Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve
4th: Persimmon Woods

To volunteer, call 630-513-4367.
For more details, visit stcnature.org.
Heat your home and
help out a great cause!
Fundraiser for Hickory Knolls Discovery Center 

Firewood Sales Now to February 23
$110 per face cord*  

 Hardwood mix consists of oak, cherry, hickory and
walnut. Delivery included. While Supplies Last.
 
To place an order and arrange for delivery, call Denis Kania at 630-513-4367.

NOTE:
Due to concerns over emerald ash borer, Kane County is under a State of Illinois firewood quarantine. Firewood may be delivered only to addresses within Kane County.  

*A face cord is a 4' by 8' stack of approximately
220 pieces of 14"-18" in length.
 
 
Guided Programs: 1 hour, $50/15 scouts,

held at HKDC


Self-Guided Programs:
$15 for 1-day use of
curriculum and materials, used on- or off-site


Programs scheduled on a first-come, first served basis


Naturalists assistance for individual scouts working on Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards or an Eagle Scout Rank

 
To schedule a scouting adventure, contact 
Laura McCoy at 630-513-4393 or lmccoy@stcparks.org .  
 
For more program details, visit stcnature.org.

 
Celebrate your Birthday at Hickory Knolls!  
Partie s are two hours long and are held in the Wahoo Room. Weather permitting, parties will venture outdoors.
For more information visit stcnature.org

Ages 4+
Bug Bonanza
Dino Dig
FUNtastic Fairies
Animal Adventures 

Ages 7+
Reptile Extravaganza
Nighttime Nature
 Birthday Chefs

Ages 10+ 
Hickory Knolls Whodunnits 
Art on the Wild Side 

To book your party call 630-513-4345.
Rental Space for Any Occasion! 
Weddings, Baby Showers, Business Meetings,
Family Reunion or Special Events!

The Hickory Knolls Discovery Center is a 10,500 sq. ft. building featuring a spacious lobby that soars more than 20 feet in height, with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of the oak savanna just outside the doors. A wide range of attractions appeal to visitors of all ages including live animal displays, interactive floor-to-ceiling murals, indoor turtle pond and wetland exhibit, and more.

Available weekdays, evenings and weekends. Kitchen and audio visual equipment at an additional fee.
For more information, call 630-513-434 5.



Sunday, December 3
10-11:30am 

RES $5/NR $8 per person (#14003)
Sunday, December 31
11am-12:15pm

RES $5/NR $8 per child (#14004)

Adults are FREE!


All programs held at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, unless noted.
3795 Campton Hills Road / 630-513-4399 / stcnature.org
RES=Resident / NR=Nonresident