Ever see the blooming flowers of a prairie, elegant birds of a wetland, or mammals of a woodland? How about all in one room? This FREE museum, with its lifelike displays, is designed to give visitors an experience of the outdoors while staying inside.

Our live animals are here for you to view and learn about, as well. Monthly facts, crafts, and activities are available when you stop in.

We have Nature Discovery Packs available for loan to individuals and families to take and explore Hart's Woods. We are located in the Aquatic Center and Nature Museum building, and look forward to seeing you on your visit!


Hours of Operation

Weekdays Tuesdays - Thursdays: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Weekends Saturdays & Sundays: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Museum Closed: 11/21, 12/7, 12/24, 12/25, 12/31. Note: Due to programming, open hours are subject to change. Check us out on Facebook for the latest updates at Facebook.com/PrairieGrassNM


Prairie Grass Nature Museum Memberships

Become a member of the Prairie Grass Nature Museum for just $30/child for ages 10 and under. Memberships include:

  • Discounts on public programs and birthday parties
  • Quarterly e-newsletter
  • Creature Feature Tuesday afternoons
  • Monthly Guided Hikes and nature play (second Saturday of the month, 10:30 - 11:00 am)
  • Already a member with our Children's Neighborhood Museum? Just pay an extra $15 per child to get these benefits!

To learn more, contact Kathy Paczynski at 847-740-9823.


Nature Discovery PacksNature 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!


Nature Programs


Birthday Party Information