Anita Purves Nature Center, Urbana

4.2
#7 of 7 in Museums in Champaign-Urbana
The Center and the adjacent Busey Woods provide a natural resource to individuals, families and groups interested in learning more about the outdoors.

A facility of the Urbana Park District, the center includes a Field Station, Wildlife Observation Room, Audubon Gift Shop, educator resource room and meeting rooms. Programs, activities, and special events are held at this facility each year.

Located at the north end of Crystal Lake Park, the Anita Purves Nature Center is an environmental education facility open free to the public. Next door you'll find Busey Woods, a 59-acre forest preserve with a boardwalk loop, seasonal ponds and more.
Make Anita Purves Nature Center part of your personalized Urbana itinerary using our Urbana online visit planner .
Source
Create an itinerary including Anita Purves Nature Center
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Anita Purves Nature Center Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
9 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • We rented a room to celebrate the 2nd half of his party (food, cake, games), and it was great!! The facility was clean, quiet, and the grounds were beautifully landscaped. The air even smelled sweet f...  more »
  • You can walk through the woods (actually, Busey Woods) or look through the displays. It's a pleasant place to go and family friendly.  more »
Google
  • We have hosted 3 birthday parties here, and have always had a great experience. The staff lead a fun 45-60 minute animal encounter and craft session, and then you have access to the large party room for another hour. It's always a fun time for a very reasonable price.
  • The pictures they have are outdated but it is so beautiful there. I will have to get new pictures for google. But they have these adorable little screech-owls there that they rescued.

Plan your trip to Urbana

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Urbana

4.8
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Urbana

5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Side trips from Urbana

4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h

Parks in Urbana

4.4
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 30​min
2.2
Duration: 2​h

Nearby attractions in Urbana

4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 1​h