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  • Nature Programs - Oakbrook Terrace Park District - Lake View Nature Center

Nature Tots
Toddlers with an adult will explore the wonders of nature through “loose parts” play. In this way, your little one can learn the joys of a natural play-scape that they create themselves, while learning teamwork and sharing skills. We provide materials, your child provides imagination! We will play outside each class, so please dress for the weather.
Age: 18 months-3 with adult
Select Fridays, 9:30 to 10:30am- Please click the tab at the top of the page for dates and to register

Out the Door, Let’s Explore!
Let’s go outside! Nature will be the teacher and the outdoors will be the classroom as your child learns about different themes each class, including bugs, trees, birds, and weather! Dress your child in outdoor gear, as we plan to spend much of the class in the outdoors (weather permitting).
Age: 3-6
Select Fridays, 12:30 to 2:30pm- Please click the tab at the top of the page for dates and to register

Animal Adventures
Children will learn interesting facts and fascinating features of a different animal each week. Your child will discover more about our animal subjects through stories, role play and creative exercises. They should dress for their adventures with the animals in weather appropriate clothing as we often will be outside. 
Age: 4-6 (through kindergarten) 
Sessions are on Tuesdays, 9:00 to 11:00am and 12:30 to 2:30pm- Please click the tab at the top of the page for dates and to register

Nature Journaling for Kids
Learning how to use a journal is at the heart of becoming a naturalist. Your school age child will discover more about nature as they learn how to hone their observation skills inside and outside of the Nature Center with live animal subjects and nature hikes. They will document their findings by picture, collection, or writing. A different theme each class!
Age: 6-12 
Select Saturdays, 1:30 to 3:00pm- Please click the tab at the top of the page for dates and to register

Specialty Programs
The Nature Center provides many unique programs for the whole family. Whether you want to make a start on a new hobby or dabble in a fun activity, our staff will be happy to introduce you to a new subject. 
Please click the tab at the top of the page for details and to register
Family Fishing Fun!- Saturday September 22nd, 11:00 to 12:30. Age: 5-12 (with an adult)
Tiny Terrariums-  Saturday November 24th, 1:30 to 3:00pm. Age: 6-12
Parents Day Out- Nature Arts and Crafts for Kids!- Saturday December 8th, 10:00 to 1:00. Age: 4-12

Open House Hours at the Nature Center 
Would you like to learn more about the programs and events at the Nature Center? Do you want to come in and visit some really cool critters? Do you just want to pop in and check it out? Come to our open houses as we offer fun nature-themed activities all day. No registration required and all ages are welcome. Here  are the upcoming dates and times:
Saturday October 20th, 10:00am-2:00pm
Friday November 23rd, 10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday December 16th, 10:00am-2:00pm