University of Illinois Extension, in partnership with the DeKalb County Forest Preserve, will start up the Wee Naturalist program on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The program will take place at the Natural Resource Education Center in Russell Woods Forest Preserve on Route 72 in Genoa.
Wee Nats is for children ages 5 and 6 years old, along with a parent or guardian, and will start at 10:30 a.m. Wee Nats will be offered the first Saturday of each month October through May. It will last approximately one hour and each month will have a different nature theme.
With the help of Extension staff and volunteers, children will learn through hands-on activities, stories, crafts and hikes. The cost is $5 per child and there will be a limit of 15 students.
The topics and dates for the program are:
Oct. 5 – Worms
Nov. 2 – Autumn
Dec. 7 – Box Turtles
Jan. 4 – Owls
Feb. 1 – Hibernation
March 7 – Rain
April 4 – Recycling
May 2 – Seeds
To register, visit extension.illinois.edu/bdo and click on the Events tab.
For questions about the program, not registration, contact the Natural Resource Education Center at 815-784-2000. For registration questions or if you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the Extension office in DeKalb County at 815-758-8194.