Private Museum Experience

Book your private museum experience at Red Oak! Experiences can be booked on Mondays/Fridays (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Wednesdays (9 a.m. to Noon).


  • 30 min. of private access for groups of 15 or less – $20
  • 45 min. of private access for groups of 20 or less with an on-site naturalist and supervised animal encounter – $50

Call Red Oak at 630-897-1808 or email to book your experience!

Virtual & On-site Environmental Education Lessons

Programs (on-site or virtual) for grades K-5 that follow NGSS standards, including:

  • Molecules to Organisms
  • Ecosystems
  • Heredity
  • Biological Evolution
  • Energy
  • Earth Systems

We also offer:

  • On-site field studies for homeschoolers, parents and educators
  • Rentable program bins (with lesson plans) for educators or homeschoolers
  • Rentable, secluded educational spaces for teachers and homeschoolers
  • Consultation on new curriculum

For more information and registration, contact


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.

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