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Adult Nature Programs
From classes on gardening to local research presentations, early morning hikes and teacher workshops, adult nature programs offer more in depth information about a wide range of nature themes, topics of concern and sustainable practices. Many of these programs are offered for free. Collaborative programs with research facilities and environmentally-based organizations, like The Conservation Foundation and the Master Gardeners, provide expert information and advice.

To find out more about current adult nature programs click here

To schedule a free nature center tour for your group contact the Nature Center Manager at aharshman@napervilleparks.org

Family Nature Programs
Whether visiting the nature center at night or camping under the stars, family programs are designed for adults and children to experience nature together. Free Nature Discovery Days drop in programs are offered on weekends during the winter months and highlight a different topic each month with family friendly activities. Family hikes are also offered for free year round.

To find out more about our current fee-based and free family nature programs click here

Nature Camps
Nature Camps are a great way for your child to take part in a hands-on outdoor adventure during spring and summer break. Camps emphasize outdoor exploration and investigation. Activities include hands-on games, art, science experiments, hikes, stories and more. Camps are held Monday through Friday and are offered for specific age groups which include 5-6 year olds, 6-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds.

To find out more about our current Nature Camps click here

School Field Trips
A spring or fall field trip to Knoch Knolls Park and the nature center includes naturalist led hikes, hands-on experiences with our live animals and for younger students a chance to play at our nature-themed playground. Topics include Illinois Science Standards as well as NGSS themes. Programs are based outdoors, typically run 1.5 to 2 hours in length and range from $5-$7 per student. Teachers and chaperones are free.

For more information about our guided School Field Trips, or to book a field trip, contact the Nature Center Manager at aharshman@napervlileparks.org

Self-guided tours are also welcome. Please let us know when you are planning to visit by calling 630-864-3965 and please keep the number of students inside the indoor exhibit area to 25 students or less.

Scout Badge Programs

Designed for cub and girl scouts to earn their badges, our nature based programs cover topics for Tiger Cubs through Webelos and Brownies to Cadettes.

For a list of current Cub Scout and Girl Scout programs click here

Special Events

The nature center hosts free special events throughout the year. April features various Earth Day related activities, in the month of August we offer an art or conservation themed event and in October we host our annual Creepy Critters Day.

To find out more about our current Special Nature Events click here

Youth Nature Programs
Does your child love butterflies, or bats, or catching critters from the river? These one-time, one-topic programs offer children the chance to investigate and explore nature under the guidance of a knowledgeable naturalist and with children who share their interests. Our goal is to educate and excite young minds while helping them develop a love of nature.

To find out more about current Youth Nature Programs. click here

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First-Time Registrants

Individuals wanting to register online for Naperville Park District programs must first establish an account with us. In order to be eligible for the resident fee, proof of residency within the Naperville Park District is required by submitting one of the following documents: driver's license, preprinted personal check or City of Naperville utility bill.

To register, please go here. You also can submit your proof of residency by emailing it to info@napervilleparks.org, by fax at 630-848-5001.

Or you can visit on of our facilities:

Fort Hill Activity Center
20 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL 60540.
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 5:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 7:00-6:00 p.m.

Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center
305 W. Jackson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

95th Street Center
2244 West 95th St., Ste. 200
Naperville, IL 60564.
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center
320 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565
Registration hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. only.


 

 
 
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