Celebrate the great outdoors at Red Oak Nature Center and Lippold Park with programs for families, youth and adults. The district’s No Child Left Inside initiative provides opportunities that encourage children to unplug from technology and get outside to enjoy recreational and educational activities.

School Programs (Field Study)

Please note that effective January 1, 2019, all in-district schools will be charged a $1.00 fee per student for all Red Oak programming.

Education Opportunities for Groups

Outdoor Education at Red Oak Nature Center and Lippold Park
Naturalists at Red Oak Nature Center offer outdoor  school programs for Pre-K to 8th-grade classrooms in fall, winter and spring. The programs encourage students to explore and investigate ecology, animals, habitats, biology, orienteering and more through hands-on experiences. All programs outlined in the school programs booklet align with CORE and Next Generation Science Standards. They also can be customized to fit specific curricula.

Naturalist in Your Classroom
Schedule a Red Oak Naturalist to visit your classroom from  November through mid-February. Programs are $40 per class and $10 each additional class for all schools. View our school brochure for a complete listing of classes and opportunities! All programs are aligned with CORE and Next Generation Science Standards and can be customized to fit specific curricula.

To schedule your next school program, please call 630-897-1808 or email


The nature center offers children, nature-themed extended-day camps, original programs and more. Our environment lets them engage in outdoor adventures and activities such as canoeing, swimming, hiking and team games. Camp staff are experienced, CPR/First Aid–certified educators.

Red Oak Camp Forms

Parents: Forms can be mailed or dropped off; they are due before your child’s camp begins.

Red Oak Emergency Info Card
Red Oak Camp Handbook 2019

Summer Camp Counselors Wanted! Red Oak Nature Center is seeking fun, caring, and outdoorsy staff for the 2020 season. If you’re interested, please visit our employment page for a full job description and to apply. Or call 630-897-1808 for more details!

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