Learn about the History of Beekeeping

Article excerpt

Byline: Submitted by Kane County Forest Preserve District

History and Practice of Beekeeping: Learn all about beekeeping as beekeeper Laura Anderson conducts "The History and Practice of Beekeeping" from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve, 35W076 Villa Marie Road, St. Charles.

Anderson will provide an update on Colony Collapse Disorder, as well as demonstrate the use of beekeeping tools and techniques. Registration is $2 per person.

This year will mark the fifth annual "National Pollinator Week," June 20-26. "The History and Practice of Beekeeping" program celebrates this week by teaching participants about the natural history, origins and social systems of the honeybee, as well as beekeeping rules and regulations. To register, call (847) 741-8350 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

Pollinators a Plenty: In celebration of the fifth annual "National Pollinator Week," the Forest Preserve District of Kane County will again host "Pollinators a Plenty," a nature program for families.

On Saturday, June 25, from 10 to 11 a.m., everyones invited to LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve to search the prairie for pollinators of all kinds including beetles, bees and butterflies. Naturalists will discuss the important jobs of these animals, as well as some of the problems pollinators are now facing.

Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes, as the hunt may lead off trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is free.

LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve is at 37W370 Dean St. in St. Charles.

To register, call (847) 741-8350 or email programs@kaneforest.com

Henry David Thoreaus Journey along the Fox River: Walk a day in Henry David Thoreaus shoes during a "Learn from the Experts" program from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve, 35W076 Villa Marie Road, St. Charles.

Thoreau traveled northern Illinois in the spring of 1861, during which time he recorded many native plants and wildlife. Corinne Smith, Thoreau scholar and author, will lead the evening discussion of the famous transcendentalists last journey along the Fox River.

"A Transcendental Travelogue: Henry David Thoreaus Journey along the Fox River" begins at Tekakwitha Woods Nature Center with a slide presentation, followed by a walk in the woods to the Fox River. Smith will teach participants about Thoreaus routes, the sights he saw and recorded, and how those sights are now changed 150 years later. The evening will end with a campfire in the woods. Registration is $20. Participants must be ages 16 and older.

The program is a part of the "Learn from the Experts" series classes that are taught by experts in the field and offer in-depth information and learning opportunities about our local ecology. This award-winning program series is co-sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the St. Charles, Geneva and the Fox Valley park districts.

To register, call (847) 741-8350 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

Life in Miniature: Explore the amazing world of microscopic life found in just a spoonful of soil or a drop of pond water during a June 29 program at The Lodge at Brewster Creek in St. Charles. Kane County Forest Preserve Naturalist Jack Pomatto will lead this adventure into the realm of tiny creatures and organisms. Microscopes, hand lenses and other aids will be provided for use during this indoor program. "Life in Miniature" runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is $10.

The program is a part of the "Learn from the Experts" series classes that are taught by experts in the field and offer in-depth information and learning opportunities about our local ecology. This award-winning program series is co-sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County, the St. Charles, Geneva and Fox Valley park districts.

The Lodge at Brewster Creek is at 6N921 Route 25 in St. …