Private Museum Experience

Book a private museum experience for your field trip at Red Oak! Experiences can be booked on most weekdays (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and require a minimum of two-weeks notice. Your experience will consist of 30 minutes of private access for groups less than 30. Fee: $50. Call Red Oak at 630-897-1808 or email to book your experience!

Environmental Education Lessons

Our Environmental Educators both here or in your classroom encourage students to explore and investigate through hands-on experiences to discover more about ecology, animals, habitats, biology, and STEM concepts. All programs align with CORE and Next Generation Science Standards and some programs can be customized to fit specific curriculum needs with advance notice.

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)

Fees: $4 in District / $7 out of District / $2 additional chaperones 

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. Programs are $60 per class and $30 each additional class for all schools. Programs are aligned with CORE and Next Generation Science Standards and are designed to work in conjunction with Level 1 and 2 of Winter Wildlife, Reptiles and Things That Make You Go Eew.

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

Scout Programs

Girl, Cub and Boy Scouts can earn badges throughout the year at Red Oak Nature Center. To schedule your next scout group outing, please call (630) 897-1808 or email

Snowshoeing is permitted in any of the District’s 168 parks and across the 48-mile network of trails. Enjoy the peace, beauty and serenity of winter in the parks. Whenever the snow cover is three inches or more, snowshoes are available for rent weekdays (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the Red Oak Nature Center. For $5, you can rent a pair of snowshoes – poles included – to navigate across the white stuff.

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