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

Summer 2020 Programs:

Nature Tykes:

Set aside time to engage in safe and enjoyable nature activities with your child. We will explore different themes using stories,songs, games, and outdoor exploration! Registration required.

For: Ages 3-6 with parent
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $18 R/ $20 NR per session

Session 1

July theme is the Prairie.
Program number: 12542
Dates: Wednesdays, July 15 (plants), July 22 (bugs and ants) and July 29 (bird and animals)
Location: Hart's Hill - Meet across from the Community Center near Hart's Hill.

Session 2

August theme is the Pond.
Program number: 12543
Dates: Wednesdays, August 12 (frogs), August 19 (turtles) and August 26 (waterbugs)
Location: Prairie Grass Nature Museum - Meet by the bench by the pond.

Monarchs on the Move

Spend time learning about the life cycle and environmental benefits of butterflies, especially the Monarch. We will release butterflies raised at the Prairie Grass Nature Museum. Educational programming, crafts, and fun.Registration is required.
For: Ages 1+ (Parents must accompany young children)
When: Saturday, August 8
Time: 2-4 p.m
Location: Picnic Area C
Cost: Free
Registration number: 12405

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:

If you would like more information regarding availability, contact Kathy Paczynski at 847-740-9823 or complete the appropriate fillable agreement form and email it to

School Agreement Scout Troop Agreement