Fun For the Family: Maple Sugaring Days Coming Up March 11-12!
Maple Sugaring Days is one of the big events of the year for the Forest Preserve District of Kane County — a fun adventure that takes place on two days.
But it’s just one of many KCFP programs this month. Here are three to keep an eye on. To see a full listing of spring events, click this link to see the spring edition of district’s Tree Line newsletter.
Maple Sugaring Days
The sweetest spot in all of Kane County will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, where the Forest Preserve District hosts “Maple Sugaring Days.”
Everyone’s invited to come learn the time-honored tradition of maple tapping. Forest Preserve naturalists will show how to tap a maple tree, and you’ll have the opportunity to try your hand at drilling and setting a tap.
You’ll simmer sap over an open fire and watch as it thickens to syrup. Join the “Sugarin’ Time” hike to learn to distinguish maples from other species of hardwood trees. Plus, Creek Bend Nature Center will be open. You’re welcome to enjoy all of the interactive exhibits available.
No registration is required for this free nature program. Creek Bend Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.
Search for Skunk Cabbage
With a name like Skunk Cabbage, this is not the kind of spring wildflower most people look for — but it is one of the most fascinating botanical wonders of our woods!
On this guided walk, we’ll find skunk cabbage in bloom and learn about its unique traits. Skunk Cabbage grows in wet woods, so wear shoes or boots that can get muddy. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
- When: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 19
- Where: Tomo Chi-Chi Knolls 40W095 Freeman Rd., Gilberts
- Cost: FREE
Are you curious about the birds in your back yard? Want to know more about the birds that migrate in spring? Join the KCFP on an introductory birding adventure.
You’ll learn the basics of bird identification — what to look for, how to find birds by silhouette, shape, size, behavior and song. You’ll get some binoculars available to loan. Advance registration is required. Call 630-444-3190 or email email@example.com to register.
- When: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 30
- Where: Creek Bend Nature Center LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles
- Cost: FREE