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For Adults and Kids of all Ages

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Nature Center Camps

Nature Camps are offered during Spring Break & the summer months at the Knoch Knolls Nature Center.

Take a Nature Hike

We offer FREE nature hikes for adults and families. Participants must still register for the FREE hikes.
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Adult Nature Programs
From classes on gardening to local research presentations, early morning hikes and teacher workshops, adult nature programs offer more in depth information about a wide range of nature themes, topics of concern and sustainable practices. Many of these programs are offered for free. Collaborative programs with research facilities and environmentally-based organizations, like The Conservation Foundation, provide expert information and advice.

To schedule a free group tour, that will highlight the sustainable features of the center, contact the Nature Center Manager at aharshman@napervilleparks.org


Family Nature Programs 

Whether visiting the nature center at night or camping under the stars family programs are designed for adults and children to experience nature together. Free Nature Discovery Days drop in programs are offered on weekends during the winter months and for two weeks each summer. They highlight a different topic each month with family friendly activities. Family hikes are also offered for free year round.


Library Storytimes
Local libraries can invite a naturalist to visit their library for an interactive Nature Storytime. Programs are designed for ages 2-10 plus their caregivers. Presentations may include our own storybook plus songs, roleplaying, demonstrations and interactive activities along with puppets, feathers, fur pelts, toy animals, replica skulls, animal shells and skins. One program includes a live animal. For more information about our Nature Storytimes programs visit here


Nature Birthday Parties
Themed birthday parties offer a fun way for your nature loving child and their friends to celebrate their birthday. Limited to 12 participants, including the birthday child, these educational programs include fun games and hands-on activities lead by a naturalist for 90 minutes with 30 minutes set aside for food and presents. With seven nature themes to choose from you are bound to find a party program that's perfect for your child! Offered for ages 6-12 on Saturdays and Sundays. For more details visit here.


Nature Camps

Nature Camps are a great way for your child to take part in a hands-on outdoor adventure during spring and summer break. Camps emphasize outdoor exploration and investigation. Activities include hands-on games, art, science experiments, hikes, stories and more. Camps are held Monday through Thursday and are offered for specific age groups which include 5-6 year olds, 7-9 year olds and 10-12 year olds.


Nature Discovery Kits
Our themed Nature Discovery Kits will be available starting in the winter of 2021. Designed for families, homeschool groups, and scouts, these take home activity kits will feature a new theme for each month. Each kit will include an instructions/information sheet, coloring sheets and/or scavenger hunts, four crafts, a game and more. Additional crafts will be avaible for an extra fee.


School Classroom & Virtual Visits
Introduce your preschool students to one of our live animals! Designed for ages 3-5 and up to 15 students, our Preschool Nature Programs comes to your classroom and includes a unique storybook, songs, roleplaying, puppets and other realistic toys plus a live animal (turtle, salamander or snake). During the pandemic, our Reptile Review virtual program, for ages PreK-5th grade, highlights our fox snake and  box turtle. Available November through March. For more information visit here.


School Field Trips (PreK-5)

Vist us in the spring or fall with your students! Offered for preschool through 5th grade, a field trip to Knoch Knolls Park and the nature center includes naturalist led hikes, hands-on activities, playtime for younger students and more. Preschool programs are 1 hour in length, for up to 20 children/adults and are priced per group. Kindergarten through 5th grade programs run 1.5 to 2 hours in length, are based on NGSS and are priced per student. Teachers and chaperones are free. For more information about our guided School Field Trips visit here.


Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours are also welcome. Please let us know when you are planning to visit by calling 630-864-3965 and please keep the number of students inside the indoor exhibit area to 25 students or less. For more information visit here


Scout Badge Programs

Designed for younger cub and girl scout groups to earn their badges, our nature based programs cover topics for Tiger Cubs through Webelos and Daisies to Juniors. For cub and girl scout programs listings visit here. Various Merit Badge programs are offered in fall, winter and spring for older scouts. For current merit badges visit here.


Special Events

The nature center hosts free special events throughout the year. April features various Earth Week related activities, in July the nature center partners with the DuPage Children's Museum, the Naperville Public Library and the Naper Settlement to host an onsite Naperville Plays day, in the month of August we offer two weeks of Nature Discovery Days themes and in October we host our annual Creepy Critters Day.


Youth Nature Programs
Our popular Nature Playtimes are designed for children ages 18 months through 4 years old to explore nature along with a parent or guardian each spring and fall. These themed multi-session programs are facilitated by a naturalist. Each year three sessions on fishing are offered for children ages 5-11 with an adult. All fishing supplies are provided along with instruction and a chance to catch and release fish from our pond. 

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