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
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!
- Early Education programs for children with parents
- School-Age Programs
- Camps; Summer, Fall and Winter
Summer 2020 Programs:
For: Ages 3-6 with parent
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $18 R/ $20 NR per session
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.
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
Registration number: 12405
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.
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 email@example.com.