2023 Red Oak Nature Center Special Events

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Turtle Shell-Abration  |  May 13
Help us celebrate World Turtle Day by learning about these rockin’ reptiles that call Illinois home! After a short presentation on what makes a turtle so unique, participants will get up close with our own animal ambassadors before finishing up with a turtle-y awesome craft. All those attending must be registered and adults must accompany their children.

Campfire & S’mores  |  May 20
Join us on a late spring night for some nocturnal fun! Participants may listen to a legend, go for a short hike, or play a game before ending at the campfire to make their own S’more! All in attendance must be registered and an adult must accompany their child.

Rusty Rodeo  |  August 12
Participate in a Great Lakes Awareness Day at our 6th annual ‘Rusty Rodeo’ event held at Glenwood Park and at the bridge of Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles. This free, family event is brought to you by Red Oak Nature Center, Forest Preserve District of Kane County and Hickory Knolls Discovery Center and Friends of the Fox River. At this event sponsored by the Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant and Centers for Great Lakes Literacy, we will round up and remove a notorious aquatic invader of Illinois waterways- the Rusty crayfish! All participants should dress for being outside in the river getting wet and muddy! Limited tools will be available to borrow from staff and families are encouraged to bring their own nets and buckets.  Awards will be given out for most, biggest, and more! No registration required.

Lightning Bug Glow Party  |  July 15
Lightning Bugs or fireflies? This fantastic evening will start with a pizza dinner followed by games and activities before heading outside to the campfire to try and catch some lightning bugs! All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Adult tickets are reduced and do not include giveaways.

Thank you to our 2022-2023 Red Oak Nature Center Sponsors