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Upcoming outings and events

Kane County Forest Preserves A-Z Outing Series

Join us as we practice our sustainability goal and discover nature in our own backyard by visiting local forest preserves in Kane County from "A" to "Z". For questions, contact leader Jan Mangers.

Next Up:

Aurora West Forest Preserve in Aurora, April 12, 2014

Join the Valley of the Fox chapter of the Sierra Club on April 12th for our next "A-Z" Kane County Forest Preserve outing. We will meet at the Aurora West Forest Preserve at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12th at 40W032 Hankes Road in Aurora.

The last in the "A" series of our forest preserve outings, Aurora West is a 716-acre property, and part of the historical “Sugar Grove” in the early years of Kane County. As an ecological mosaic of prairie, marsh, and woodland communities, this preserve supports a host of native animals. We will be concentrating on budding plants on our 1.2 mile hike. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and dress for the weather. For questions contact leader Jan Mangers.

For more information about the Aurora West Forest Preserve, go to

Date/Time: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 10:00am
Location: 40W032 Hankes Road, Aurora, IL
Leader: Jan Mangers,, 630 917-1779
Level: Easy


So Far:

Almon Underwood Prairie Forest Preserve, January 11, 2014

On January 11 we started by hiking the Almon Underwood Prairie Forest Preserve, whose .65-mile trail features a series of small undulating gravel knolls that are part of the Kaneville Esker. This is Illinois' longest esker, deposited here between 10 and 20 thousand years ago. Click here for Jan's report!

Andersen Woods, February 8, 2014

Andersen Woods is part of a mixed forest along the Fox River Trail in St. Charles, and is included in the area know to the settlers as "little woods". We met at Norris Woods and walked along the trail until we reached Andersen Woods. The total hike was 2.8 miles. Click here for Jan's report!

Arlene Shoemaker Forest Preserve, March 8, 2014

The Arlene Shoemaker preserve is a wooded wetland "oasis" surrounded by urban development with plenty of evidence of wildlife. For more information about the Arlene Shoemaker Forest Preserve, go to


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