With the new addition, Hidden Oaks will be expanding their environmental education programming, have a new space for nature camps and will add 20 additional parking spots. Other new features of the project include: new picnic tables, a fire place, prairie restoration, new trees around the pavilion and plans to connect existing pathways to create a completely accessible facility.
“The staff at Hidden Oaks is very excited for the Education Pavilion,” said Melinda Weaver, Conservation & Environmental Education Manager at Hidden Oaks. “It will provide a sheltered area close to the nature center to use as an outdoor classroom for nature programs. This new addition to the Conservation Area will help us continue our mission of connecting people with nature.”
Construction will commence on Monday, March 16 and will be completed by June 1. During this time, there will be limited parking. Thanks to a grant from the State of Illinois Public Museum Capital Grant Program, the Bolingbrook Park District was awarded $104,500 to assist with the funding of the project.