Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Hickory Knolls Discovery Center

Hickory Knolls sits on 131 acres of restored woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Visitors can meet live animals, learn about plants, and see exhibits on natural history and Native Americans. Schedule a field trip to learn about nature through hands-on activities and exploration. 3795 Campton Hills Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175. Kane County. Tel: 630-513-4399. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Burnham Nature Sanctuary (in Burnham Park)

4700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60615. 773-256-0949. Burnham Nature Sanctuary, nearly twelve acres of prairie and woodland habitat, sits on the west side of Lake Shore Drive in Burnham Park near 47th Street. Free.

North Park Village Nature Center

5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60646. 312-744-5472. The mission of the North Park Village Nature Center is to provide urban citizens with an opportunity to interact with wildlife, plants and other natural resources through environmental education and access to improved natural landscapes. Fee.

Plum Creek Nature Center

27064 South Dutton Rd., Beecher, IL 60611. 708-946-2216. The Nature Center offers visitors a place to explore the natural world, with hands-on exhibits in addition to a natural playscape for outdoor educational experiences, featuring a pollinator garden and rain garden. Free/Fee.