North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago

4.5
#35 of 44 in Parks in Chicago
There are public programs for preschoolers, school age children, families and adults. EcoExplorers summer day camp focuses on nature-based games and learning activities for children aged 5-14 years old. Neighborhood Naturalists is a special outreach program serving third graders in Chicago Public Schools. Volunteers find many ways to express their interests at the Nature Center, including helping lead field trips, assisting during festivals, greeting visitors at the reception desk, and participating in ecological restoration efforts.

The mission of North Park Village Nature Center is to provide visitors with an opportunity to interact with and learn about wildlife and natural resources in an urban setting. There are programs, events and activities for all ages to enjoy while discovering our shared natural heritage at the first nature center within the city of Chicago. Open 7 days a week (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays) from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Whether you seek serenity, a place to spot a rare bird, or a place to volunteer your time and talent, visit this oasis of nature in the city – this hidden gem.
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  • We went to north park village for Harvest fest. They had scarecrow making, cornhusk doll making, and other crafts. Inside the building they had a Music. The group was so enjoyable we went back Sunday ...  more »
  • I go here to chill, to see deer and birds and bees and insects, to take photos, or just clear my head and think or not think. Very well managed, low key, interesting wilding in an urban area.  more »
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  • A wonderful place for an easy, short hike/ walk on Chicago's far north side. The field house is open regularly and has public restrooms, a few displays and hosts special events and classes, many for children. The site itself is full of history and was once a tuberculosis center. There are always deer and birds to be seen. We've often seen turtles and bullfrogs as well. The trails are easy and not at all long. We usually walk the loops multiple times.
  • Nice, relaxing park most of the time. Animals used to run this area... they return... most people don't like them so I wonder why they're even here. Depending where in this park you go, you can see Nature as you wouldn't expect in the city. . You just have to look.

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