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. 

Lightning Bug Glow Party | July 23  |  6:30 to 8: 30 p.m.
Lightning Bugs or fireflies? This fantastic evening will start with a pizza dinner followed by games and activities before heading outside to the campfire to try and catch some lightning bugs! All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Adult tickets are reduced and do not giveaways.

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 Ilinois 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! This incredible event is back with a carnival of critters! 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. Handicapped parking and shuttle drop off at Red Oak only, all other parking is at Schneider School.