|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|
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|