A great venue for diverse educational programs such as scouting; also the seasonal home to our onsite Nature Play Preschool program
Ideal for diverse uses such as scouting, birthday parties, school, and other group and family programs; it also sometimes features an animated video showcasing the highlights of Red Oak.
Follow the Fox River Trail down to the river’s edge to explore the Chicagoland area’s only known cave – a true gem of the Fox Valley!
Step out and take in spectacular views of the Fox River and its wildlife, migratory birds, wooded shorelines and islands.
The spacious picnic shelter features a limestone fireplace with plenty of seating. The rentable pavilion accommodates scouting, birthday parties, school programs, and other group and family programs. Pavilion may not be available when in use for scheduled programming.
Travel six wood-chipped hiking trails and the nationally renowned Fox River Trail winding through the woods along the Fox River. Dogs and bikes permitted on paved trails only; please respect the wildlife.
Provided by the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources, these bags contain books, photos, samples and more about a range of nature topics. Bag rental is free. For more information about bag topics, please call 630-897-1808 or visit the IDNR web page.
Nature Exploration Bags
To enhance your learning and enjoyment in exploring the woods, you can borrow Nature Exploration Bags during Red Oak Nature Center hours. Bags are available for observing birds, insects and the signs of the season, as well as for experiencing the senses. The bags are free to use with a refundable deposit. Adult supervision is required.