Set within the native landscape of Greenbelt Forest Preserve, this community gathering place expresses the relationship between culture and the natural world through events and nature and history education programs. The trails around the Center lead to an interpretive nature pond and link to additional preserve trails.
The building also offers exceptional indoor and outdoor spaces, including two classrooms, a divisible multi-purpose room, two community art galleries, and an outdoor amphitheater. Large windows offer panoramic views of the surrounding natural setting.
Programs and Events
A variety of programs and events celebrating Lake County’s rich cultural diversity and natural world are offered here year-round. Subscribe to our e-newsletter.
Be inspired by Lake County's best gospel voices at the annual Gospelfest.
Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor nature activities. Engage in fort building, insect netting, creative nature art, exploration, crafts and live animals. Fun for the whole family at Kids Nature Funfest.
Monthly community campfires in the spring and fall offer a chance to experience nature at night.
The annual Profiles In Excellence program honors black history and African-American achievements each February.
Fun and educational opportunities are offered in the form of classes, camps, music, plays, and performances.
School & Scout programs offer topics ranging from Illinois pioneers, to cultural experiences, to nature, and use our two large indoor classrooms and the surrounding preserve as a natural classroom.
Summer Camps are themed around fishing, art and acting.
Outdoor nature classes taught by our environmental educators. Many are free, drop-in sessions.