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For Adults and Kids of all Ages

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Nature Center Camps

Nature Camps are held throughout the year at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center.

Take a Nature Hike

We offer FREE nature hikes for adults and kids of all ages. Participants must still register for the FREE hikes.
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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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Contact Us

320 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60540
630-864-3964

Regular Hours
March-October

Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Winter Hours
November-February

Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(Closed Sundays in Dec, Jan & Feb)

Registration Hours
Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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