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Creek Bend Nature Center hosts its grand opening celebration

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  • Award-winning musician Jim Gill will perform at the grand opening celebration of the Creek Bend Nature Center.

      Award-winning musician Jim Gill will perform at the grand opening celebration of the Creek Bend Nature Center.

  • The Kane County Forest Preserve's new Creek Bend Nature Center will have its grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 1. The nature center, located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, opened earlier this year.

       The Kane County Forest Preserve's new Creek Bend Nature Center will have its grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 1. The nature center, located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, opened earlier this year.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
Forest Preserve District of Kane County

The Forest Preserve District of Kane County invites you to its Creek Bend Nature Center's grand opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

Interactive exhibits, tours of the facility, nature hikes through LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, crafts, carriage rides through the preserve and games will be featured at the event.

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At noon, children's author and musician Jim Gill will perform. Celebrate the grand opening with a few rounds of Jim Gill's "Silly Dance Contest" and other family favorites.

All the exhibits that were located at Tekakwitha Woods have been relocated to the Creek Bend Nature Center, including "Prairie Ecology," with the bison and biodiversity components, and "Clams-Eye View of the Fox River." There are separate rooms for classes and a lab.

The Creek Bend Nature Center offers various activities, from bird watching to guided nature hikes, nature programs and self-guided activities. The facility and adjoining house also are available for private rental.

The Creek Bend Nature Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information on nature programs or to reach the environmental education staff, call (847) 741-8350 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

For information on renting the facility for a private event, call (630) 444-3064. Showings are by appointment only.

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