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In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.
- JOHN MUIR


Adult Education Classes

Lake Katherine is proud to offer a number programs on various topics and designed specially for adults - brought to you by the Natural Resources Committee.

Who lives in the creek?: Understanding Our Local Waterways
Program # 691, Saturday, June 1st, 10:00am to noon, FREE
Did you know there’s a world of insects and other arthropods living in our local waterways, from dragonfly nymphs to creatures called aquatic sowbugs? And that there’s much more going on at the microscopic level as well? What is going on in creeks and canals, and what can it tell us about the health of our waterways?  Come find out about work being done on the Cal Sag channel, Navajo Creek, and Tinley Creek to find out more about the viruses, bacteria (including antibiotic resistant bacteria), and invertebrate animals that live there. Led by local Trinity Professors Abbie Schrotenboer & Clay Carlson. Call or stop in at the Nature Center to sign up!

Conservation@Home: Utilizing Natives Plants in the Landscape
Program # 693, Thursday, June 13th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, FREE
U of I Extension join Lake Katherine to share expertise of earth-conscious landscaping choices in your backyard with the Conservation@Home program. Participants will gain knowledge on how to select the best native plant species for yards and local soil conditions and how to attract butterflies, bees, and birds. Learn how Conservation@Home will certify your yard as an environmentally-friendly landscape and you can spread the word to your neighbors! Meet at the Nature Center. This program requires a minimum of 10 participants and will be capped at 45. Call or stop in at the Nature Center to sign up!

Understanding Insects and their Role in Nature
Program # 692, Saturday, June 15th, 10:00am to noon, Cost: $5
Natural resources Member Melissa Drozd will lead people around the grounds of Lake Katherine to examine insects up-close and talk about their role within our ecosystem. This program is hands-on, outside, and designed to engage adults and teens. Meet at the Nature Center. This program requires a minimum of 5 participants and will be capped at 15. Sign up at the Nature Center!

Fly Fishing
Program # 694, Wednesday, June 19th, 6:00pm to 7:00pm, Cost: $10
Tried angling but want to expand into fly-casting? Natural Resources Committee Member, Mike Littmann, will share the rudiments of fly-casting, revealing useful tools and techniques. Meet at the nature center. The class requires a minimum of 5 participants and is capped at 8. Sign up at the Nature Center!

Tree Planting Tips and Demonstration
Program # 695, Saturday, June 22nd, 10:00am to noon, FREE
U of I Extension Master Gardeners team up with Lake Katherine to share techniques for planting and caring for trees, followed by a demonstration of the correct planting procedures for trees. The class is limited to 20 participants. Meet at the Nature Center. Call or stop in at the Nature Center to sign up!

Nature by the Book
Wednesday, July 10th, 6:30pm to 9:00pm, FREE
Lake Katherine and the Palos Heights Library team up to bring a nature-based panel book discussion to be held at the library. Book to be discussed: "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek" by Annie Dillard. To borrow a copy of the book and to register, please contact the Palos Heights Public Library at 708-448-1473.

Dealing with Wildlife: Stories from an Animal Control Officer
Program # 696, Wednesday, July 24th, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, Cost: $5
Naturals Resources member and animal control officer, Melissa Drozd, will talk about the critters she has encountered in her professional career and impart simple tips on how to deal with wildlife. This program requires a minimum of 10 participants and will be capped at 45. Meet at the Nature Center. Call or stop in at the Nature Center to sign up!

Evening Canoe Kayak Tour

Program # 697, Friday, August 2, 7:30pm to 8:45pm, Cost: $8
Natural Resources Committee Member, Jake Hynes, will reveal the secrets of the lake as he guides us on a unique tour before sunset, pointing out the species that come out to play around dusk. Spots are limited to a total of 27 people with three single person kayaks available on a first come, first served basis. Canoes seat three people each and parties may be split up to fill all seats. The event will be rescheduled if the weather or water conditions are deemed unsuitable. Sign up at the Nature Center!

Drum Circle
Program # 698, Saturday, August 3rd, 10:00am to 11:30am, Cost: $6
Connect with nature and others through rhythm! This drum circle will give participants a safe space to explore the sounds around us. No prior experience is necessary, just an open mind and a love of rhythm. Instruments will be provided, but feel free to bring your own drum. The class requires a minimum of 10 participants and is capped at 30. Meet at the nature center. Sign up at the Nature Center!

Nature by the Book
Wednesday, October 10th, 6:30pm to 8:45pm, FREE
Lake Katherine and the Palos Heights Library team up to bring a nature-based panel book discussion to be held at the library. Book to be discussed: "Monsters of the Sea" by Richard Ellis. To borrow a copy of the book and to register, please contact the Palos Heights Public Library at  708-448-1473.


 


Each class is $6 per person unless otherwise stated.  Pre-registration is required at the Lake Katherine front desk.  Designed for those 18 years and older.  

 

 

 

 

 


 


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