Nature Programs

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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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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.



Preschoolers and their parents discover nature firsthand during environmental programs that include hikes, hands-on learning, stories and crafts. Seasonal programs encourage preschoolers' curiosity in nature, engage their senses, and provide a platform for outdoor investigations.

Nature Day Camps in the summer offer kids (preK-5th grade) an in-depth time to explore nature, science and the environment.

A summer leadership program gives teens a fun way to gain new skills while engaging with younger campers. 

Natural history, science and environmental topics are offered each season just for adults. For those interested in organic gardening, community garden plots are available to rent at Meadowbrook Park. The Meadowbrook Organic Garden service offers a place for you to grow your own produce.

All Ages
All Ages programs are open to anyone - individuals and families alike. They offer a variety of ways for you to interact with and increase your knowledge about the natural world. Both free and fee-based programs are offered at the Anita Purves Nature Center and at district natural areas. Find more information in the Program Guide.



School Programs
Please contact Chelsea Prahl for more information.

Preschool, Scout, Senior and other Group Program Request, please contact David Subers for more information.