Looking for a way to get your kids engaged in screen free activities? Then look no further than your local nature center. There are many outstanding nature centers across Chicagoland where you can get lost in the beauty of the Midwest, no matter the season….and so many are free! So get out there and get exploring!
Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington (closed Fridays)
Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles (closed Fridays)
Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie
The Grove, Glenview
Heller Nature Center, Highland Park
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook
Jurica-Suchy Nature Musueum, Lisle
North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago
Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia
River Trails Nature Center, Northbrook
Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary, Schaumburg
Thorn Creek Nature Center and Preserve, Park Forest (open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
Wildlife Discovery Center @ Elawa Farm, Lake Forest (open Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
Wildwood Nature Center, Park Ridge
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