Illinois Bicentennial Programs

Join in the celebration of Illinois’ 200th Birthday celebration at Forest Preserve District of Kane County nature programs!

Illinois History Hike – 

Step back in time and see how the Illinois landscape has changed in 200 years at our all-ages “Illinois History Hike,” Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Creek Bend Nature Center. There will be a naturalist-guided walk through the prairie, beginning at Creek Bend Nature Center and ending at the Durant-Peterson House. During the walk, you’ll learn about the transformation of the prairies and woodlands from European settlement to today. At the Durant-Peterson House, docents will interpret 19th century life on the prairie. There will also be crafts back at the nature center, and self-guided Illinois Bicentennial scavenger hunts throughout the afternoon.

Advance registration is required for this all-ages, free nature program. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register.

The Natural History of Illinois: 200 Years of Change –

When Illinois became a state 200 years ago, the prairie stretched as far as the eye could see. Oak woodlands dotted the land, and wetlands teemed with life. Learn how these native landscapes have changed since statehood in this presentation by Forest Preserve District Director of Natural Resources Ben Haberthur. He will describe the ecological transformation of Illinois and explain why natural ecosystems are rare today. He’ll also discuss region-wide efforts to restore Illinois’ splendid prairies, woodlands and wetlands.

Advance registration is required for this “Learn from the Experts” nature program for ages 18 and up. Call 630-444-3190 or email to register. The registration fee is $10/person.



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