Chicago Nature Centers and Activities

Kids these days are more in tune with nature than ever, and Chicago has nature centers, botanic gardens, conservatories and other locations where kids can learn about nature and experience it hands-on.

Bartlett Nature Center
2054 W. Stearns Road , Bartlett
 847-608-3100
Big Run Wolf Ranch
14857 Farrell Rd., Lockport
 (815) 588-0044
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
 (847) 835-5440
Crabtree Nature Center
3 Stover Road , Barrington
 (847) 381-6592
Danada Equestrian Center
3S507 Naperville Road, Wheaton
 (630) 668-6012
Eden Place Nature Center
4417 S. Stewart Avenue, Chicago
 (773) 624-8686
Emily Oaks Nature Center
4650 Brummel, Skokie
 (847) 674-1500
Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center
3609 Spring Rd. , Oak Brook
 (630) 850-8110
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Ave., Chicago
 (312) 746-5100
The Grove
1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview
 (847) 299-6096
Heller Nature Center
2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park
 (847) 433-6901
Hidden Oaks Nature Center
419 Trout Farm Road, Bolingbrook
 (630) 739-2600
Independence Grove
16400 W Buckley Rd, Libertyville
 (847) 968-3499
Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center
20000 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields
 (708) 481-2330
Knoch Knolls Nature Center
320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville
 (630) 864-3964
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Garden
7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights
 (708) 361-1873
Lake View Nature Center
17W063 Hodges Rd., Oakbrook Terrace
 (630) 941-8747
Lincoln Marsh
Harrison and Pierce Avenue , Wheaton
 (630) 871-2810
Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago
 312-742-7736
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Rd., Willow Springs
 (708) 839-6897
Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
 (630) 968-0074
North Park Village Nature Center
5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago
 (312) 744-5472
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St, Oak Park
 (708) 386-4700
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
 (773) 755-5100
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road, Beecher
 (708) 946.2216
Prairieview Education Center
2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake
 (815) 479-5779
River Trail Nature Center
3120 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook
 (847) 824-8360
Spring Valley Nature Center
1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
 (847) 985-2115
Thorn Creek Nature Center
247 Monee Road, Park Forest
 (708) 747-6320
Wildwood Nature Center
529 Forestview Avenue , Park Ridge
 847-692-3570
Willowbrook Wildlife Center
525 S. Park Blvd. , Glen Ellyn
 (630) 942-6200