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Group Rentals

Host Your Special Event @ Knoch Knolls!

Hours for Registration/Reserving Rental Space
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

General Rental Requirements

  • Provide proof of residency. There is a $50 non-resident application fee.
  • Renter must be at least 21 years of age.
  • One chaperone ( age of 21 years or older) must be present for every ten minors.
  • Completed Facility Rental Permit Application.
  • Deposit and 100% of the rental fees are due at the time of reservation for Park Rentals and River Room Rentals.
  • Deposit and 50% of the rental fees is required at time of reservation for a Full Facility Rental. The balance is due 21 days prior to the event.
  • All rentals are subject to Naperville Park District Ordinance #641.
  • Applicant is required to be in attendance for the entire even.


INDOOR RENTALS (Nature Center & Deck)

The Nature Center is a unique and picturesque destination for a wide variety of special events: showers, anniversaries, receptions, birthday parties, meetings and more. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen to see more photos of previous nature center rental events.

Classroom Rental (River Room)

  • Includes River Room only
  • Up to 46 people maximum (seating for 46 people) 
  • $100/hr (3-hr min) with a $300 deposit
  • Available during open hours Saturdays only (currently 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Full Facility Rental (River Room classroom, exhibit area and deck) 

  • 75 to 100 people maximum (seating for up to 46 people in River Room only; additional seating available through caterer may be used on the deck and in the exhibit area (some restrictions apply)
  • $200/hr (3 hr min) with a $300 deposit.
  • Available after hours, 3:00 p.m. or later, on Saturdays year round and some Fridays in the summer months
  • Rental end time is 10:00 p.m.

Specific Knoch Knolls Nature Center Indoor Rental Reservations and Requirements: 

  • Indoor nature center rentals may be booked up to one year in advance.
  • Use of one of our preferred caterers is required.
  • Any/all outside vendors must provide a Certificate of Insurance.
  • A nature center employee will be onsite during the entire event to assist with logistics.
  • Event hosts are encouraged to use environmentally-friendly supplies and materials for the event. Recycling bins and garbage cans will be provided. No balloons or confetti, please.
  • Please note that drop-off access for party supplies, extra tables, etc., is only available at the parking lot drop off east of the nature center. There is no drop off area located directly in front of the facility.


OUTDOOR RENTALS* (Knoch Knolls Park picnic areas)

Lower Grove Picnic Area
  • 12 picnic tables
  • 2 standing grills
  • 2 ground grills 
  • Trash and recycling containers

Upper Grove Picnic Area (please note that access to the Upper Grove is via the large pedestrian/biking trail bridge; the smaller pedstrian bridge is closed/scheduled for removal)

  • 6 picnic tables
  • 1 standing grill
  • 1 fire pit with seating (use requires a reservation and a burn permit from the City of Naperville)
  • Trash and recycling containers
  • The fireplace/chimney are not available for use

Please note: The small, sheltered picnic area, within the nature playground, is not reservable. 

Outdoor Rental Reservations and Requirements:

  • Maximum of 100 people under non-Covid restrictions; Covid restrictions may limit the number of guests allowed and whether or not rentals are allowed
  • Presence of alcohol requires addtional permits, fees and monitoring  
  • Parks/outdoor rentals may only be reserved 90 days in advance.
  • Reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Reservations follow a quarterly calendar.
  • The first day of registration for quarterly Knoch Knolls Park outdoor rentals are only accepted at Fort Hill Activity Center. After each of these first day registration dates, which occur on Saturdays, Knoch Knolls Park outdoor rental form must be completed at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center.
  • No balloons or confetti allowed.

When are reservations required?*

  • If your group size is 25 - 100
  • If you want guaranteed use of the picnic area and your group is less than 25
  • If alcohol will be present
  • If you are using the fire pit (City of Naperville Burn Permit required)
  • If you are bringing your personal grill
  • If you plan to have outside vendors onsite (Certificates of Insurance required; other permits may apply)
    • Vendors with food trucks, or other heavy equipment, are limited to the turf area south of the parking lot and are not allowed in the Lower or Upper Grove picnic areas 

*Even if your group is less than 25, we recommend that you call us at 630-864-3965, before planning your party, to check if the picnic areas are available. Our picnic areas, in the Lower Grove and Upper Grove, are used for onsite programming including special events (dates vary), family campouts (June/Sept) and hayrides (Oct).

 Use of the fire pit, in the Upper Grove, requires a reservation and burn permit.
 Use of the old fireplace/chimney, in the Upper Grove, is not allowed.


Knoch Knolls Nature Center
320 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL

For more information about renting other Park Distric parks or facilities, call the Naperville Park District at 630-848-5000, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please note: Neighborhood parks may only be reserved by their respective neighborhood residents.