Exploring Nature

Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

Garfield Park Conservatory

With seven display houses and five outdoor gardens, the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance is a picturesque place for groups to experiment with and examine their relationship with plants. 300 North Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624. Tel: 773-638-1766 ext. 25. Cost: Fee/Free... More Info

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Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

2315 Clear Lake Ave., Springfield, IL 62703. 217-544-2473. A 40-acre property owned and operated by the Illinois Audubon Society. Camp groups will enjoy bird watching, walking along the trails, and seeing trees such as the silver maple and black walnut. Free.

Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area

21950 North Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods, IL 60015. 847-968-3321. Enjoy 6.5 miles of scenic hiking and skiing trails, historic buildings, and pristine woodlands at the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area. Fee.

Forest Park Nature Center

5809 Forest Park Dr., Peoria Heights, IL 61614. 309-686-3360. Located near the Illinois River, this 540-acre preserve and nature center features a natural history museum, bird observation room, 7 miles of hiking trails, and all kinds of educational programming. Free/Fee.

Severson Dells Nature Center

8786 Montague Rd., Rockford, IL 61102. 815-335-2915. This nature preserve is home to over 300 acres of land, hiking trails, and bird feeders that attract a wide variety of species. Programs for school and scout groups available on environmental science, classification, and more. Free/Fee.

Sugar Grove Nature Center

4532 N. 725 East Rd., McLean, IL 61754. 309-874-2174. Located in the state’s largest intact prairie and woodland grove, this nature center has hiking trails, interactive exhibits, and programs on plants, seeds, animals, and adaptations. Fee.