SPRING 2020  
A facility of the St. Charles Park District
Facility Hours
NEW! Open Mondays 10am-4pm
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 12-4pm 

Thursday, April 9
Baby Bunnies: Ages 0-4  |  6:30-7:15pm  (#20609)  
Friday, April 10
Little Hoppers: Ages 2-5  |  6:30-7:15pm  ( #20607
Bigger Bunnies: Ages 5-8  |  7:30-8:15pm  ( #20606)
Rock'n Rabbits: Ages 6-12  |  8:30-9:15pm  (#20608

RES $8/NR $12 per child
Bring your flashlight and your sense of adventure as you head into the wild to find what the Easter Bunny has left behind. Gather some treats and trade in your empty eggs for a roasting stick and marshmallow. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. One adult may accompany multiple children from the same household. Advance registration required.

Click here to register.

NEW! Signs of Spring
Ages 50+  
M    April 13  |  1-2pm   
AAC Members: Free  |  Nonmember $2  (#22174)

We all eagerly await the arrival of the first robin, but spring signals its presence in many ways-- sometimes even when it still feels like winter. We'll learn how to look, and listen, for subtle signs you might otherwise overlook. Indoor slides will be followed by a short walk outside, weather permitting. Held at Pottawatomie Community Center.

NEW! Birding Basics
Ages 50+  
Th    May 7  |  1-2pm   
AAC Members: Free  |  Nonmember $2  (#22175)

Birdwatching is one of our nation's fastest growing hobbies, and here's your chance to learn from the best of the best. Birding experts from Kane County Audubon will explain the basics of binocular use, as well as when and when not to use a field guide. After a bit of practice we'll head outside, weather permitting, for a short walk to practice our new skills and look for spring migrants. Some binoculars will be available but if you have your own please feel free to bring them. Held at Pottawatomie Community Center.

Birds of the Night: Woodcocks
All Ages

F    April 17  |  7-8pm   
FREE but please register  (#22183)

Owls aren't the only birds that are active at night-- especially in spring. One of the most fascinating events at this time of year is the courtship rituals of the American Woodcock. Their 'sky dance' is legendary among birders, and captivating to watch. The experts from Kane County Audubon will cover some woodcock facts and birdwatching basics indoors before we head outside to watch the show. Dress for the weather and please bring binoculars if you have them.

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Guided Programs: 1 hour, $50/15 scouts,
Offered M-F after school and
select Wednesday evenings & weekends

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.

Scouting Out Evening Explorers  
Ages 5-12
Plan the perfect scout outing for your Cub Scout Den or Girl Scout Troop. Each month will include hands-on activities that you can apply to scouting requirements. Leaders can register more than one child. Adults are free and at least one adult must accompany scouts for the program.
Letter Boxing
Th    Apr 23  |  6:30-7:30pm     
RES $10/NR $15   (#19884
Take a modern day treasure hunt as you follow clues and hike the trails.
We have a unique space for you!
Weddings, Business Meetings, Family Gatherings
Ceremonies & Celebrations!
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. Audio visual technology and wifi available. Access to nature center exhibits and grounds including native gardens and more than 130 acres of natural areas. 

Available weekdays, evenings and weekends. Kitchen available at an additional fee.

For more information, contact Amanda Schiferl at
630-513-4345 or aschiferl@stcparks.org.

Details in the Summer Guide. 

Wonders of the Night
Friday, July 10 
All programs held at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, unless noted.
3795 Campton Hills Road / 630-513-4399 / stcnature.org
RES=Resident / NR=Nonresident