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Lake View Nature Center

The Lake View Nature Center is home to engaging and educational nature programs! In addition, you can book a nature themed birthday party or group outing with us! The Lake View Nature Center is committed to providing a positive experience to all of our guests. Contact us at 630-941-8747 with program questions or to book a group or birthday party.

Parking Information

Our small lot (ten spaces plus one van-accessible handicapped spot) fills up quickly. Parking along the west side of the access drive from Hodges Rd. is allowed but please keep close to the curb to keep the drive open. No parking along east side of access drive or parking area. Street parking is not allowed on Hodges Rd. but additional parking is available around the corner on Monterey Ave. Be sure to keep your tires on the gravel as the police will ticket if they are touching the grass. Also please respect our neighbors. We do not have permission to park in the Destination Maternity/Bedding Experts or Service Graphics lots. For large groups, parking is available in the lower level of the 1 Parkview Plaza building near the Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center. The entrance is on 22nd street (same light as REI). Jog to the right as you enter and go down the ramp. Access to Terrace View Park and the Nature Center is through the Fitness Center or a door near the baseball field.

Lake View Nature Center News

Animal Adventures!

Age: 4-6 (through kindergarten)
Location: Lake View Nature Center
Time: 9:00-11:00am or 12:30-2:30pm
Fee: $48
Introduce your child to the wonderful world of animals and their habitats. Through creative exercises and hands on learning, children will discover the wonders of natural spaces and the animals that call those places home. They should dress for their adventures with the animals in weather appropriate clothing as we often will be outside. 

Nature Center Fridays

Are you interested in introducing nature learning to your child? Every other Friday throughout the winter/spring, we have classes for toddlers and preschoolers. Whether it's a morning class with the tiny ones or your preschooler's first drop-off class, the Lake View Nature Center has the program for you!

Programs are available on the following dates: Mar 15, Mar 29, Apr 12, Apr 26, May 10, and May 24. Register at least one week online or in person at one of our facilities.

Lake View Nature Center Open House

Lake View Nature Center Open House

Fri, Mar 22       4:00-7:00pm
Mon, Apr 22    11:00am-2:00 pm
Fri, May 17      4:00-7:00pm


Lake View Nature Center (17W063 Hodges Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL)

Would you like to learn more about the programs and events at the Lake View Nature Center? Do you want to come in and visit some really cool critters? Check out our open house as we offer fun nature-themed activities all day. No registration required and all ages are welcome.