2021 Red Oak Nature Center Special Events

PLEASE BUY SAFELY – Please note that tickets purchased from a reseller or individual outside of the Red Oak Nature Center/FVPD sales system cannot be guaranteed. 

Lucky Leprechaun Hunt | March 13-18 | Ages: 2Y and up | $5 (R)/ $7 (N)
We have shenanigans in our woods, the Leprechaun has been spotted and you can go seek his pot of gold! Purchase the digital clues to see if you can find him or his pot of gold somewhere on the grounds of Red Oak! The search is from March 13th until the 18th. A small prize will be the reward for the lucky finders of this sneaky forest friend! Adults don’t need to register, but must accompany registrants. An email with a link to the clues will be emailed after 3pm on the 13th. An email with a link to the clues will be emailed after 3pm on the 13th. Contact roprograms@fvpd.net with questions.

Scout Syrup Saturday – SOLD OUT | March 13: Times Vary | Scouts: $5 | Adults: $2
Learn about the process of turning Maple sap into Maple syrup during this scouts-only event! After a short presentation indoors, we will head out onto the trails to learn a little history about this product before ending with a scrumptious tasting of real maple syrup! A special Scout’s only Maple syrup patch is included in the scout fee. All participants must have a ticket.

Maple Fest – SOLD OUT | March 20 & 21: Times Vary | $2
Join our annual tradition of turning Maple sap into Maple Syrup. After a short presentation, head out onto the trails to learn some of the history behind how this delicious product was made throughout the years before ending with a scrumptious tasting!

Rusty Rodeo | August 7
Participate in our annual ‘Rusty Rodeo’ event held at Glenwood park. This free family event is brought to you by Red Oak Nature Center, Forest Preserve District of Kane County and Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. We will round up and remove a notorious aquatic invader of Illinois waterways- the Rusty crayfish! All participants should dress for being outside and getting wet and muddy. All tools and information will be provided by staff, but families are encouraged to bring their own nets and buckets. Awards will be given out for most, biggest and more!

Bug Fest | August 21: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Insects and the fascinating world of bugs will take center stage at this popular, late-summer event. This event will feature fun and educational attractions with a swarm of bug-related activities, demonstrations and crafts.