2022 Red Oak Nature Center Special Events

PLEASE BUY SAFELY – Please note that tickets purchased from a reseller or individual outside of the Red Oak Nature Center/FVPD sales system cannot be guaranteed. 

Rusty Rodeo (FREE) | August 6  |  11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for this annual tradition at 2 sites this year! Glenwood Park Forest Preserve in Batavia and Primrose Farm in St. Charles. There are underwater varmints in our local streams and rivers and we want you to help find them! Our culprit is the Rusty crayfish, a tiny aquatic crustacean that is invasive in Kane County. Help naturalists round up some rowdy rusty crayfish in an effort to reduce their numbers. Families are encouraged to join us in the water with dip nets to collect, identify, and remove some Rusties. Prepare to get wet and wear closed-toe shoes. You might even win a prize for your hard work! Overflow parking will be available at Lippold Park. Sponsored by the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Center for Great Lakes Literacy.

Bug Fest | August 20  |  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join us for a day full of fun and bugs! Participate in activities celebrating the wild world of bugs from Lippold Park to Red Oak Nature Center with fun stops along the way. A free shuttle takes you to and from the event when you park at Schneider School (limited premium parking will be available onsite with pre-purchase tickets). Raffles, food, games and much more await you at this year’s Bug Fest! Tickets may be purchased ahead of time to ensure quick entry to the event. Snacks, beverages, and other concessions will be available for a small fee. Shuttle drop off at Red Oak only, all other parking is at Schneider School, handicapped parking with tag at Lippold while spots last.

Thank you to our Bug Fest 2022 Sponsors




Forest of Fright |  October 22  |  6 to 9 p.m.
We’re baaack! Explore our woods to experience what goes bump in the night at Red Oak. Sit by the campfire and listen to tales told by one of our infamous residents or choose to hike one of our self-guided spirit trails where you never know who or what you’ll bump into. Ghouls are encouraged to shake the goosebumps off inside the nature center where they can warm up with a craft, music, and candy. Activities are self-guided and outside; due to thematic elements young children are not recommended. Flashlights are strongly encouraged. Pre-registration ends Friday the 21st. Day of ticket sales will be available for $20 per person.

Frosty Fest  |  January 28  |  4 to 7 p.m.
Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate winter! Red Oak will be hosting its 4th Frosty Fest event! Hike on one of our self-guided trails like the Illuminated Snowflake Trail where you can use your senses to explore winter. Or hike our storybook trail and reminisce about all the fun things to do on ‘The Snowy Day’. Finish with a cup of hot cocoa and a roasted marshmallow while warming up by the fire. Everyone attending much purchase a ticket for entry.