Little Saplings Nature Programs for 3-5 year olds

How cute are these young naturalists?! Our new program, “Little Saplings,” is a monthly program geared for 3-5 year olds. Each month, we’ll focus on a new theme and participants will get to explore nature. Sessions include a combination of stories, nature hikes, songs, games, and/or crafts.

During our “Insect Safari” theme in September, Naturalist Erica Lemon let the kids explore Creek Bend Nature Center, then showed them different insects. Everyone then headed outdoors for a fun game of pretending to be different insects. A story was read and then the children were able to explore the prairie with nets and try to catch different insects. A lot of milkweed bugs were found, but the children thought the coolest catch was the Praying mantis!

Register your child for our upcoming programs. In October, the theme will be “Spider Mania,” in November, the theme will be “Turkey Trot,” and in December, the theme will be “Dancing Snowflakes.”

Below is a list of our upcoming programs. A parent or caregiver must accompany child. The registration fee is $5/child/sesson. To register, call 630-444-3190 or email

Thursday, Oct. 15; 9:30-10:30 a.m. “Spider Mania”

Thursday, Nov. 19; 9:30-10:30 a.m. “Turkey Trot”

Thursday, Dec. 17; 9:30-10:30 a.m. “Dancing Snowflakes”

These programs are located at Creek Bend Nature Center, which is within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.