As part of its mission to “inspire the naturalist in all of us,” Hickory Knolls Discovery Center encourages everyone to continue to grow their knowledge of the natural world. As such, we offer a variety of community programs and continuing education opportunities.
For more information on our seasonal offerings for children, families, and adults, click here.
Continue reading below to learn about two of our unique adult education opportunities.
Learn from the Experts
Classes are taught by top experts in their field offering insightful information and inspiring thoughtful discussion. This series is a cooperative partnership with St. Charles Park District, Geneva Park District, and Kane County Forest Preserve.
Advanced registration is required. To register, call 630-444-3190 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kane County Certified Naturalists
If you enjoy working in and learning about nature, then the Kane County Certified Naturalist program may be for you!
The Kane County Certified Naturalist program is a fee-based program tailored to individuals who want to learn more about Kane County ecosystems, the preservation and conservation of our green space, and Kane County’s cultural and natural history.
Sponsored by the St. Charles Park District, Geneva Park District, and Kane County Forest Preserve, classes are offered once a year starting in January. Information sessions are offered each December.
To apply for the 2017 Kane County Certified Naturalist Class, complete the applicable form here.
To earn certification participants will:
1. Complete the core program beginning in January – 6 core classes and 3 field trips
2. Take 15 hours of additional coursework
3. Do 15 hours of volunteering or 15 hours of additional coursework
4. Pay the $250 program fee
To register or get more information about the program, please contact Pam Otto at 630-513-4346.
The Illinois Parks & Recreation Association awarded its 2008 Conservation Program Award for this cooperative program.