Explore local waterways with Creek Exploration series

Get your feet wet in local waterways this summer!

The Fox River watershed is composed of streams, creeks, and rivers that support a wealth of aquatic wildlife. Bring the family out to discover the riverine systems right in your own backyard during the “Creek Exploration Series,” hosted by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County.

The series kicked off with “Fascinating Lives of Freshwater Mussels” on June 19.

Continuing the exploration, the series features, “Crazy 4 Crayfish,” offering a closer look at the different types of crayfish native to Illinois.

Participants will have the opportunity to observe crayfish in their natural habitats during this catch and release program held at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve located at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

The next session will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes that can get wet. Apply sunscreen and/or bug spray prior to the program.

The “Little Saplings” program for ages 3 to 5 will be continuing this theme with “Crazy for Crayfish” on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 9:30 a.m. at Creek Bend Nature Center, located in LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. Registration is required. There is a $5 per child fee.

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