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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:

Big Rock Forest Preserve in Big Rock, July 12, 2014

Our July 12th outing will be at the Big Rock Forest Preserve, 46W072 Jericho Rd. Big Rock, IL. We will hike the 1.25 mile loop trail around Seigler Lake, with beautiful views over the water. Enter the preserve off of Jericho Road, and park in the second parking lot at the end of the road. We will meet at 9:00 am.

Please wear sturdy hiking shoes, take precautions for the sun, mosquitoes and ticks, and bring water in your reusable container.

For more information about the Big Rock Preserves, go to

Date/Time: Saturday, July 12th, 9:00am
Location: 42W072 Jericho Road
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

Aurora West Forest Preserve in Aurora, April 12, 2014

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.

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

Barnes and Bliss Forest Preserves in Aurora, May 10, 2014

We visited two "B" forest preserves, Barnes and Bliss. Starting with Barnes, we explored the short trail along Blackberry Creek. Then, a longer hike through the woods along a portion of the same Kaneville Esker we visited in January to view the wildflowers in bloom.

For more information about the Barnes Forest Preserves, go to and for Bliss,

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, June 9, 2014

It was a perfect evening at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve. We spotted many native plants in bloom, and quite a variety of birds. Click here for Jan's report!


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