North Park Village Nature Center, Chicago

#35 of 44 in Parks in Chicago
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • If you live in downtown Chicago, as we do, you are aware of the hustle and bustle, traffic and noise. Even when you walk through Lincoln Park or Grant Park. Have you been to North Park Village Nature....  more »
  • very nice park there are some games for hollowen. There are a group of deer in there. Very peace place in the city. It's very good to bring kids to...  more »
  • Hard to believe such a lovely natural oasis exist in the heart of the north side. Nice manageable trails, and several places to sit and meditate quietly. The staff has always been nice, helpful and friendly. This is one of my favorite nature getaways when I'm feeling overwhelmed by urban life. I'm lucky enough to always get to see deer everytime I go walk the trails which is fun.
  • I miss going to the nature center every weekend. We moved to Elgin, but when we lived in Chicago the kids would always like to go to the nature center every weekend. So peaceful. I wish they had one out here.

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