Hidden Oaks Nature Center...
Uncover the past, explore the present and imagine the future!
419 Trout Farm Road / (630) 739-2600
||9:00 am-5:00 pm
Admission to the nature center is FREE!
Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 419 Trout Farm Rd. and is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday from noon-5:00 pm. For more information, call 630.739.2600.
Nature Center Highlights
Hands-on discovery center filled with interactive exhibits:
- Habitat Tree: Hunt for animal homes above and below while discovering the inner workings of a tree.
- Animal sound and scent wall: Listen and smell to match the sound or scent to local plants and animals.
- History of the land: Uncover the past to the present from glacial times through the development of Hidden Oaks Nature Center. Flip through our site's photos and learn just how eco-friendly we are.
- Nature treasure trade shelf: Visit our shelf with goodies collected on your hike and trade with us. Discover local items found on site in Bolingbrook.
- Kid's Nature Nook: Visit each month for new nature-themed activities and hands-on fun.
Also on site-
Discovery Packs at Hidden Oaks
Visitors to Hidden Oaks Nature Center will be able to rent “Discovery Packs” to be used on grounds for $5. The first Discovery Pack that will be offered is on Insects. The Packs include a Nature Journal, binoculars, a hand lens, bug box, and activities to do while at Hidden Oaks. In addition, it includes a take home activity booklet. Activities will change each season.
Dream Roof: Visit the two-level roof-top garden to picnic at the cafe tables or surf the web with our FREE wi-fi.
Seedlings Preschool: Developing life-long learners through nature play.
Park Amenities: Hike to explore interpretive signs, a full-sized Wooly Mammoth made out of reclaimed steel, a buried car and so much more. Balance and climb at our nature playground or simply relax amongst the trees at our outdoor amphitheater.
Site Specifics: BEE AWARE! Hidden Oaks is home to three bee hives to educate our visitors of their many benefits and to harvest locally-grown honey. Honeybees are not aggressive unless provoked. Visitors sensitive or allergic to bee stings should exercise caution near hives. Purchase honey at the front desk for just $6.25 while supplies last.