Kane Forest District program focuses on tracking spring woodland plants

Ephemerals are woodland plants that emerge early in spring and flower before the trees leaf out. This spring, help track when and where spring ephemerals are emerging through May 31 on your walks anywhere in Kane County (a forest preserve, park or your own backyard).

When you see a woodland wildflower, snap a photo and submit your observation on the free iNaturalist app under the project Kane County, IL: Spring 2024 Ephemeral.

The forest district will help you learn many of the ephemeral flower species with plant identification signs sponsored by the Kane Forest Preserve Foundation along woodland walks in the following forest preserves:

Burnidge Forest Preserve, 14N035 Coombs Road, Elgin

Bliss Woods Forest Preserve, 5S660 Bliss Road, Sugar Grove

Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve, 41W600 Hughes Road, Elburn

No registration is required for these free programs.

Be advised that the destruction or removal of natural resources from any preserve in the form of foraging or otherwise is strictly prohibited and may be punishable by a fine.

To view Forest Preserve District of Kane County programs, visit www.kaneforest.com. Find it on social media by searching @forestpreserve.