Join project to track ephemerals coming out this spring in Kane County

Ephemerals are woodland plants that emerge early in spring, and flower before the trees leaf out.

This spring, help track when and where spring ephemerals are emerging from March 1 to May 31 during your walks anywhere in Kane County (a forest preserve, a park, or your own back yard).

When you see a woodland wildflower, snap a photo and submit your observation on the free iNaturalist app under the project, Kane County, IL: Spring 2024 Ephemeral.

Learn many of the different ephemeral flower species with plant identification signs — sponsored by the Kane Forest Preserve Foundation — along woodland walks in the following forest preserves:

• Burnidge Forest Preserve, 14N035 Coombs Road, Elgin;

• Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, 5S660 Bliss Road, Sugar Grove;

• Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve, 41W600 Hughes Road, Elburn.

Please be advised that the destruction or removal of natural resources from any preserve, in the form of foraging or otherwise, is strictly prohibited and may be punishable by a fine.

To view a full roster of Forest Preserve District of Kane County programs, visit and find them on social media by searching @forestpreserve.

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