The Prairie Grass Nature Museum and Interpretive Nature Trail lets everyone explore and discover in a hands-on, interactive atmosphere. If you have questions, our qualified museum staff can tell you all about our exhibits and animals in a way that will make our museum one of your favorite places to spend time. There's a lot to see and experience, we encourage you to visit as often as you like. We're located at the Aquatics Center & Nature Museum Building.

Nature Discovery Packs

Nature Discovery Packs

Discovery Packs are available to borrow during open museum hours. Visit the Nature Museum and we'll loan out a Nature Discovery Pack for your next nature walk - free of charge. It includes: magnifying glass, compass, binoculars, ruler, IL plant ID guide, IL wildlife ID guide, laminated activity sheets, and markers. It's the perfect companion to have out in the woods!


Available Programs

  • Early Education programs for children with parents
  • School-Age Programs
  • Camps; Summer, Fall and Winter


Birthday Parties

Enjoy the great outdoors and interact up close with nature! All birthday parties include 60 minutes of naturalist-led activities, indoor or outdoor, and 30 minutes inside for gifts and food. Birthday child can choose to take a photo with one of our live animals.

Birthday Party Details


Educational Programs

Teachers, Educators & Scout Leaders check out the educational programs we offer.


For more information, please contact Christine Kustra, Recreation Supervisor, (847) 740-9823.