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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 http://www.bolingbrookparks.org/en/facilities/hidden-oaks-conservation-area/

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

June 2019

Nature Fest

June 22, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
Free

We're celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Hidden Oaks Nature Center being open with the very first Nature Fest! The whole family can connect with nature for free with games and activities that span across the entire conservation area. You can do everything from fishing, to a craft, to learning about bees, to archery and more!  

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December 2019

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt

December 7, 2019, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
$5 – $7

All ages welcome! Bring your flashlight and bag to search for candy canes that have been scattered throughout the forest at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The hunt will take place outside regardless of weather, so please dress appropriately.

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March 2020

Maple Syrup Daze

March 7, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
$7

All ages welcome! Our naturalists will teach you all about maple tree tapping. Here's what you'll get to do: • Learn about the history of maple tapping and how it was discovered • Go on a short hike to learn how to identify maple trees (even without leaves!) • Watch a maple tree tapping demonstration and learn about the equipment used • At the fire pit, learn how the sap is cooked • Eat pancakes and taste the difference between…

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July 2020

Free Fishing Day

July 11, 2020, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
Free

Our Unplug Illinois campaign is part of the statewide movement from Illinois Park and Recreation Association designed to get people to “unplug” and enjoy active play opportunities at parks across Illinois. To celebrate this year, we're offering a free fishing day at Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm. You can fish for free without a permit! Unplugging has been shown to help improve quality of life, help you feel more recharged every day, help you sleep better, and improve your Interpersonal…

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June 2021

Super Science

June 12, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
Free

Must register in advance.

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July 2021

Skulls, Tracks and Scat

July 17, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
Free

Must register in advance.

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August 2021

Reptile Rockstars

August 14, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
Free

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Fishing Derby

August 21, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on September 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Hidden Oaks Nature Center (Bolingbrook), 419 Trout Farm Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440 United States
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$15

Don’t miss the excitement of reeling in a prize fish during a fishing derby. Bait and tackle will be sold as usual in the Tackle Box Bait Shop. Prize categories and prizes will vary by derby. Derby entry fee is $15 per person.

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