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Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook)

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419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
(630) 739-2600 https://www.reconnectwithnature.org/preserves-trails/visitor-centers/hidden-oaks-nature-center/

Hidden Oaks Nature Center Bolingbrook is a wonderful (and free) way to explore and learn in a kid-friendly environment. Inside this award-winning building are interactive nature displays and animals to observe. You will also want to check out the outdoor area with trails where you can see flowers, wildlife, and sculptures, a trout pond and metal sculptures. Don’t miss the rooftop picnic area with a great new of the entire grounds!

Hidden Oaks Nature Center Features

  • Award-winning, environmentally friendly building
  • Interactive nature displays, including a “match-the-smell” game that shoots out different scents at the push of a button and a giant tree showcasing animal habitats
  • Honey for sale, from their own beehives (seasonal)
  • Animals, including snakes, frogs, and tortoises
  • Discovery Room with more animal tanks, hands-on activities, and a few toys and games
  • Rooftop picnic area with live plants on the deck and a gorgeous view of the entire Hidden Oaks Conservation Area
  • Beautifully landscaped grounds with bird feeders, trails, sculptures, nature-inspired playground, and trout pond

Tips when visiting Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook

  • Pack a lunch to eat on the rooftop (food is not available for purchase)
  • Bring bug spray if you plan on playing in the outdoor area during the summer
  • Obtain a fishing permit and bring fishing poles and bait to catch trout in the pond
  • Stop by the nearby Portillo’s for a snack and/or chocolate cake shakes

Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook

Kids playing a match-the-smell game at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook

Large model of a tree with animal habitats

A tortoise takes a drink at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook

Picnic tables on the green roof of the Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook

Log cabin in the outdoor play area at Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook

Yellow wildflowers grow in green grass

Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook

February 2023

Wild Child

February 24, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every month that begins at 10:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until March 31, 2023

Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
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REGISTER IN ADVANCE Get your wild child outdoors with this monthly nature-themed program geared toward children ages 3 to 5. Join a naturalist for hands-on activities including games, stories, crafts, hikes and more! The last Friday of each month, we will have something new for you and your child to explore as we get a little dirt on those hands and knees. Be prepared for indoor and outdoor activities as well as experiencing all types of weather, including rain, shine…

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LEGO Gone Wild

February 26, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
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Cure cabin fever by exploring the outdoors with a naturalist to seek tracks, scat, nests and more. Discover how winter can be a great time in nature and how animals can leave us signs of their presence. Once we harness some inspiration, we’ll get building with LEGO. The strong STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) aspect will be our little secret.

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