Nature Programs

 

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East-central Illinois has a natural diversity all its own—from oak savannas to prairie, from woodlands to wetlands. Park district natural areas, facilities and programs provide opportunities for visitors to explore topics ranging from spring wildflowers and nocturnal wildlife to prairie ecosystems, wetland habitat restoration and more.

 

PROGRAMS BY REQUEST

Special Request Programs & Tours

Special Request Tours are at a park district location and are offered at Busey Woods, Weaver Park or Meadowbrook Park. These programs can typically be modified to fit the needs of any group and are not standards-based. Anyone can book a Special Request Program! Commonly done for preschools, homeschool groups, church groups, scouts, and clubs. You can even book one for your household!

To see more information on program topics click here.

Request a Special Request Program.

Traveling Naturalist Programs

Traveling Naturalist programs are at your location. These programs can typically be modified to fit the needs of any group and are not standards-based. Anyone can book a Traveling Naturalist program! Commonly done for preschools, church groups, adult care centers, workplaces and camps. We can even come to your home!

To see more information on program topics click here.

Request a Traveling Naturalist Program.

Naturalist-in-the-Classroom Programs

Naturalist in the Classroom programs are at your location. An environmental educator will bring hands-on materials, interactive lessons, and as related to the topic, a live owl, turtle, snake or worms to your classroom. All programs meet grade-specific Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and are only available to formal educators.

To see more information on program topics and grade levels click here.

Request a Naturalist-in-the-Classroom Program.

School Field Trips

School Field Trips are at a park district location and are offered at Busey Woods, Weaver Park or Meadowbrook Park. All programs meet grade-specific Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and are only available to formal educators.

To see more information on program topics and grade levels click here.

Request a School Field Trip.

Loan Items

Nature Items You Can Borrow: The Anita Purves Nature Center offers a wide variety of educational loan items at the Anita Purves Nature Center such as natural history specimens, curriculum guides, reference materials and IDNR Loan Trunks. A new Climate Change Loan Kit is available!

IDNR Loan Trunks: Self-contained K-5 teaching units complete with natural objects, pictures, reference books, equipment and activities are great for any classroom. Free with a refundable credit card deposit of $15. Topics include Birds, Illinois Fossils, Illinois Invasive Species, Illinois State Symbols, Insects & Spiders, Illinois Pollinators, People & Animals of Illinois' Past, and Wetlands.

Call Chelsea Prahl at 217 384-4062 or email ckprahl@urbanaparks.org to reserve yours today.

Birthday Party Programs

Celebrate at birthday at Anita Purves Nature Center with a themed program! You will get a 2.5 hour room rental including a 45-60 minute kids’ program packed with games, activities, and sometimes a live animal.

To see more information on program topics and suggested ages for parties at the Anita Purves Nature Center click here.

Request a Nature Center Birthday Party Program.

See other birthday parties available within the Urbana Park district here.

Not finding what you’re looking for? You can also request a custom program for your group! We require at least 4 weeks of advance notice, and additional fees may apply for custom programs. Call 217-384-4062 to discuss details.

 

Environmental Public Programs

We offer publicly available programs throughout each season for a variety of different age groups. Preschool, youth, adult, and all age programs are commonly scheduled. These programs are meant to connect the community to our local natural resources and build knowledge in specific areas.

Check the program guide for more details.

We may sometimes schedule pop-up programs that are not listed in the program guide. Check the Anita Purves Nature Center's Facebook Page for up-to date information!

 

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Enjoy a variety of programs, parks and special facilities that contribute to the attractiveness of neighborhoods, conservation of the environment and overall health of the community.

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