2024 Red Oak Nature Center Special Events

– Please note that tickets purchased from a reseller or individual outside of the Red Oak Nature Center/FVPD sales system cannot be guaranteed.
 Please visit Red Oak Nature Center’s Facebook page for additional details regarding the special events below. Everyone age 3+ needs a ticket; all ticket sales are final.

Cicada Social | June 8
Celebrate a birthday 17 years in the making! Don’t miss out on this extraordinary party with self-guided activities set up around the nature center to help us learn more about these incredible insects. Go on a bug hunt to look for live specimens, create a work of art or attempt to collect the most shed shells! The evening will end with a special cicada-themed ice cream sundae! All attendees must purchase a ticket and adults must accompany their children. Presale ends on June 6th.

Campfire Nights | June 22, August 24
Join us for the sunset switch at Red Oak where we might go for a short hike, listen to a thrilling legend or maybe play a game before settling in around the campfire to roast some marshmallow treats! All participants must be registered and adults must accompany their children.

Cave Hike | July 27
Join us for a mile-long round trip hike through the woods to the only cave in the Chicagoland region! Along the way we will stop to point out areas of interest and seasonal happenings. Learn what makes our cave so unique and take a piece of geological history home with you. Dress for the weather, these hike go rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Thank you to our 2023-2024 Red Oak Nature Center Sponsors

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  • Special Event FAQs
  • Special Event FAQs

    Who do I need to purchase a ticket for?
    Everyone ages 3 and up who is attending an event will need a ticket. This information is included in the event details online and on Facebook events listings.

    What happens if there is inclement weather on the day of an event?
    Red Oak is open rain or shine. We do everything in our power to stage every special event. This may require postponing or relocating to an indoor facility. If there is lightning in the area, the park will close operations until it is safe to be outdoors, which is indicated by lightning tracking – or 30 minutes after the last observed lightning strike.

    Occasionally, if the weather is deemed too severe for the event to proceed, Red Oak may reschedule the event for another day.

    Watch the Red Oak Facebook page for updates when the weather is questionable. Cancellation or postponement of events will be posted as soon as possible or at least 2 hours ahead of the scheduled time of the event.  

    Are special event tickets refundable?
    All ticket sales are final, refunds and ticket transfers are not available after purchase. Red Oak is open rain or shine and guests are encouraged to dress for the weather. If Red Oak reschedules an event and a ticket holder is unable to attend the rescheduled date, a full refund will be issued. If Red Oak cancels an event ticket holders will be issued a full refund. Ticket holders must provide proof of purchase to receive a refund.

    How should I dress for my event?
    Red Oak is an outdoor facility, so always be sure to dress for the weather. 

    The event is sold out – can I just get two more tickets…please?
    Unfortunately, once an event is sold out we cannot add more tickets. We want to ensure our guests have a great experience at every event, and staying within the specified ticket limit for the event is an importance aspect to that. Many times, if guests are unable to attend an event, they post in the Facebook event listing to sell the tickets they will not use. Red Oak does not facilitate third-party ticket transactions. Be aware of ticket scams!