|Wed. thru Fri.||1:00pm-5:00pm|
|Sun.||1:00pm-5:00pm or by appointment|
|Hours subject to change with inclement weather, phone first|
The mission of Lakeview Nature Area is to promote stewardship and conservation of the environment through experiential education. Adjacent to Spring Lake Park and nestled in over 350 acres including prairie, wetland, timber, and grass lands, Lakeview is an ideal place to learn about native Illinois plants and animals.
Enjoy hikes through 55 acres of restored prairie. As you relax, see if you can find Lakeview's resident families of beaver, fox, deer, turkey and more.
Framing of the nature center is hand hewn oak timbers, that are mortise and tenon. No nails hold the framework together, only wooden pegs. The result is a beautiful natural wood smell, a warm country feel, and the perfect place to retreat with friends and family.
Lakeview Nature Center has interactive displays and hands on programs that emphasize exploration and investigation of the environment with an interdisciplinary approach. Science, math, recreation, social studies, and more can be discovered with the help of talented naturalists.
|Programs at Lakeview Nature Area|
Super Stegosaurus Dinosaur Workshop- Grades 1 thru 5
Mr. Bob Johnson, Curator of the WIU Geology museum will be at Lakeview Nature Center to show and share real Dinosaur bones with you. We have packed this program with hands-on acttivities especially for children who love dinosaur. Bring you questions and good listening ears. Maximum of 10 participants.
|Saturday||03/22/14||1:00-3:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500 Rd, Macomb, IL Ph: 309-836-2887||03/17/14||$15-Resident, $22.50-Non-Resident||Grades 1 thur 5|
Great American Animals Series-Grizzly Bears-Grades 1 thru 5
The power and might of a grizzly bear just can't be denied. Did you know a grizzly bear can wieght more than 800 pounds? These huge bears have fished, hunmted, and roamed North America fo rhundreds of hears. Explore why they are endangered now. Learn how bears live and what loads of bear information and activities for you. Maximum of 10 participants.
|Wednesday||03/26/14||3:30-5:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500 Rd, Macomb, IL Ph: 309-836-2887||03/21/14||$8-Resident, $12-Non-Resident||Grades 1 thru 5|
Great American Animal Series-Gray Wolves-Grades 1 thru 5
Did you know that a gray wolf eats mostly mice? We all know about the big, bad wolf. Learn why the wolf is an important link in the food chain. A complex society of behaviours and challenges are part of all wolves' lifves. Our naturalist has games and activities to make this program one of the best. Take a new look at gray wolves. maximum number of participants 10.
|Wednesday||04/02/14||3:30-5:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500 Rd, Macomb, IL Ph: 309-836-2887||03/28/14||$8-Resident, $12-Non-Resident||Grades 1 thru 5|
Great American Animal Series-Bald Eagles-Grades 1 thru 5
Once on the endangered list, the bald eagles are now moved to the threatened list. What does that mean? You will find out why the eagle's life and habitat can still be trouble. We have hands-on activities all about eagles for you. You will be a juniior bald eagle expert about this awesome birn. Maximum of 10 participants.
|Wednesday||04/09/14||3:30-5:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500 Rd, Macomb, IL Ph: 309-836-2887||04/04/14||$8-Resident, $12-Non-Resident||Grades 1 thru 5|
Great American Animal Series-Whooping Cranes-Grades 1 thru 5
Do you know that this bird stands five feet tall? The whoping cranes continue to battle for life on the coastal plains of the US. Let our naturalist explore with you their habitats, their courting dance, how they raise their young, and how they live in the wild. Join us for a great after school program. Maximum of 10 participants.
|Wednesday||04/16/14||3:30-5:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500 Rd, Macomb, IL Ph: 309-836-2887||04/11/14||$8-Resident, $12-Non-Resident||Grades 1 thru 5|
Great American Animal Series-Alligators-Grades 1 thru 5
These reptiles are really terryifying beast that will eat almost anything. Find out how they have been able to survive throughout the centuries. What makes the alligator almost witout enemies and how do they live? We have some very specail alligator activities to do. Don't miss this program! Maximum of 10 participants.
|Wednesday||04/23/14||3:30-5:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500 Rd, Macomb, IL Ph: 309-836-2887||04/18/14||$8-Resident, $12-Non-Resident||Grades 1 thru 5|
Yo Ho Ho Pirate Training Camp Grades 1 thru 5
Do you know an arghhh from a yo ho ho? Are you ready to walk the plank? Have you hidden your pirate name from your friends? This is the event for all kids who really like Captain Hook better than Peter Pan. Pirate Training Camp will help you learn the 1,2,3 of becoming a pirate. Pirates will hunt for gold nuggests, follow clues with a treasure map, learn real pirate language, get a scar or tatto, have a snack, try some pirate games and find out about some real pirates too. Maximum of 20 participants.
|Saturday||04/26/14||1:00-3:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500 Rd, Macomb, IL Ph: 309-836-2887||04/21/14||$15-Resident, $22.50-Non-Resident||Grades 1 thru 5|
Great American Animal Series-American Bison-Grades 1 thur 5
Did you know that the American bison comes from the same animal family as cows, sheep, and goats? You will learn about the habits of the American bison, the problems of the past and challenges of the future. Learn about the native Americans manfy uses of the buffalo. A walk in the prairie and many more activities will help you understand the bison better. Join us! Maximum of 10 participants.
|Wednesday||04/30/14||3:30-5:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500 Rd, Macomb, IL Ph: 309-836-2887||04/25/14||$8-Resident, $12-Non-Resident||Grades 1 thru 5|
Ladies Fishing Afternoon-Ages 16 & Up
Fishing 101 is for women who want to fish, but need a litle assistance. Our naturalists will help you bait hooks, and show you how to get started. Don't be worried we want you to enjoy this experience. We have the fishing poles, or bring one from home. We'll even furnish the bait. Maximum of 10
|Friday||05/09/14||1:00-2:30PM||We'll meet at Spring Lake, watch for signs.||05/06/14||$8-Resident, $12-Non-Resident||Ages 16 & Up|
Spring Fishing-Grades 4 thru 6
Join us for some easy fishing at Spring Lake. We'll meet at Lakeview and walk the trail to the lake and try to catch a fish or two. Beginners and experienced fish buddies are welcom. Bring your own pole or use one of ours We'll furnish the bait. Maximum of 8 participants.
|Thursday||05/22/14||3:30-5:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500 Rd, Macomb, IL Ph: 309-836-2887.||05/16/14||$8-Resident, $12-Non-Resident||Grades 4 thru 6|
Pandas and Pangolins Adventure Camp-Ages 7-11
It is off to China on an imaginary trip to the East. We will investigate some of the mysteries of China including, the Great Wall, the terra-cotta army, the Forbidden City, and the dynasties of emperors. We will take a look at the treasured pandas, the Mongolian horse and the unique pangolins. We'll explore the languages of China, sports, cultures, and art work unique to this ancient land. We'll even try some Chinese food on Friday with a Chinese New Year celebration. Wear play clothes that can get dirty. Please no sandals. Registration is limited to 15 participants.
|M - F||06/09/14-06/13/14||1:00PM-4:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500th Rd.||06/04/14||$60-Resident, $90-Non-Resident||Ages 7-11|
Lewis & Clark: The Journey West Adventure Camp-Ages 7-11
Two hundred ten years ago this year, Merriweather Lewis and William Clark along with a band of men were sent by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the land west of the Mississippi River. What an adventure it was! They were the first expedition to see grizzly bears, the Rockies, salmon, and prairie dogs. They fought cold, prairie fires, hunger and the Missouri River. Their drawings, writings, and fact taking were important to the scientific world. Imagine their surprise when they were led by a Native American girl and her French trapper husband. Now 210 years later you can take up the challenge with a close up look and activities based on this adventure. It only could have happened here in America. Wear play clothes that can get dirty. Please no sandals. Registration is limited to 15 participants.
|M-F||06/16/14-06/20/14||1:00PM-4:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500th Rd.||06/11/14||$60-Resident, $ 90-Non-Resident||Ages 7-11|
Outdoor Skills Adventure Camp-Ages 9-12
For those with an outdoor spirit this is the camp for you. Bring a friend and enjoy the great outdoors with new challenges and skill building every day. You will be canoeing, hiking, fishing, orienteering, tracking and creek stomping during 5 afternoons of fun. Join with our naturalists who have places to show you and loads of activities to share. Camping basics, outdoor cooking and geo-caching help round out the week. Wear play clothes that can get dirty. Please no sandals. Registration is limited to 15 participants.
|M-F||06/23/14-06/27/14||1:00PM-4:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500th Rd.||06/18/14||$60-Resident, $90-Non-Resident||Ages 9-12|
Wild & Weird Birds Adventure Camp-Ages 6-9
From hummingbirds to ostriches birds have always held much mystery for people. You will discover what all birds have in common and how they also differ. Helpful birds and misunderstood birds will make you think about these unique animals. You’ll learn the backyard birds we commonly see and how birds and dinosaurs are alike! Wear play clothes that can get dirty. Please no sandals. Registration is limited to 15 participants.
|M-TH||06/30/14-07/03/14||1:00-4:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050||06/25/14||$48-Resident, $72-Non-Resident||Ages 6-9|
Flight Adventure Camp-Ages 7-12
Have you always been crazy about airplanes? Do you fly in your dreams? How did animals and man take to the skies? We'll look at what it takes to make something fly. Find out how animals learned to fly and how man copied nature. Take a closer look at flight from birds to rockets in this activities loaded camp. There will be airplanes to make and experiments to discover. You will be constructing things that fly, and doing activities including puzzles, models, books, games and more. Wear play clothes and shoes , no sandals please, and be ready to make art! Registration is limited to 15 participants.
|M-F||07/07/14-07/11/14||1:00-4:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N 1500th Rd||07/02/14||$60-Resident, $90-Non-Resident||Ages 7-12|
Young Scientists Adventure Camp-Ages 7-11
New and expanded by popular demand ! Be a mad scientist with hands on experiments and creative concoctions. Scientific concepts are really going to stick as you learn basic principles and watch them come alive. We will use water, candy, kitchen supplies, and some tricks to bring science alive. You bring your enthusiasm and we will bring the aprons and goggles. Wear play clothes that can get dirty. Please no sandals. Registrations is limited to 15 participants.
|M-F||07/14/14-07/18/14||1:00-4:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N 1500th Rd.||07/09/14||$60-Resident, $90-Non-Resident||Ages 7-11|
Art with the American Masters-Ages 7-11
ART WITH THE AMERICAN MASTERS offers kids an opportunity to try different art methods and materials. We will focus on American artists like Grandma Moses, Lichenstein, O'Keefe, Warhol, Volkus, Chihuly, Pollock, and Christo. We'll learn a brief history of the artist and try out their techniques and skills. Loads of art projects, new experiences, challenges and fun in this camp! Wear play clothes that can get dirty. Please no sandals. Registration is limited to 15 participants.
|M-F||07/21/14-07/25/14||1:00-4:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N.1500th Rd.||07/16/14||$60-Resident, $90-Non-Resident||Ages 7-11|
Kangaroos and Koalas Adventure Camp-Ages 6-11
This summer take an imaginary trip "down - under". Join the Lakeview naturalists as we investigate the Australian outback, one of the world's great wilderness areas. Help us explore the lifestyle of the aborigines the first, nomadic inhabitants of the outback. Then we will take a close look into those "pocket pals" called marsupials (most of which only live in Australia.) Let's not forget the Great Barrier Reef where we will dive in and check out the danger and beauty of the warm shallow waters of the coral reef. From kangaroos to koalas this camp is loaded with crafts, activities, Australian lingo and fun. Wear play clothes and shoes , no sandals please, and be ready to make art! Registration is limited to 15 participants.
|M-F||07/28/14-08/01/14||1:00-4:00PM||Lakeview Nature Center, 10050 N. 1500th Rd.||07/23/14||$60-Resident, $90-Non-Resident||Ages 6-11|