Springbrook Nature Center

Itasca Nature Ctr

View pictures of the Classroom at the Nature Center below.

Nature Center Programming (Link)
Stop by the outdoor mews to see the 10 resident raptors! Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vulture, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Gyrfalcon and more. Wings & Talons, Inc. (Link) provides and takes care of the raptors.

New way-finding signage has been installed. A renovation of the interior of the Nature Center building is coming in late 2020!

Saturday & Sunday
12-5 pm 
RESTROOMS ONLY: Face covering required when entering the facility

To rent the Nature Center, Shelter and Camp Fire Ring visit www.itascaparkdistrict.com/rentals(link) or Call Chris at 630-773-2257     

Hiking Trails (Link)

Map and Directions (Link)

Village of Itasca's Tree Dedication Program (Link)

Nature Center Programs, Birthday Parties, Rentals and more!

Donations Accepted! Please make checks payable to "Friends of Springbrook Nature Center."

Since opening its doors in 1980, The Nature Center has been a vibrant natural resource for education and conservation in suburban Chicago.  Nestled in the heart of the Village of Itasca, Illinois, and located just minutes from its downtown area and train station, you can enjoy 2 miles of hiking trails through a shady woodland, fragrant prairie, and a lush cattail marsh.  One mile of concrete paths has been added! You can also stop in at the visitor's center where children of all ages will enjoy free crafts, view an aquarium and more.

The Nature Center offers a variety of programs for local schools, scouts and families.  We teach topics ranging from native plants and animals to environmental restoration.  The Nature Center is a wonderful place to come out and enjoy a summer of fun at one of our many nature day camps.  2013 6 Nature 026.JPG

The Village of Itasca’s Nature Center is located (view map) south of the Itasca Community Library and Park District Water Park at Catalpa Avenue and Irving Park Road.  Parking is available at the Nature Center (small lot) and at the Water Park (larger lot). The center is open year-round (click here for hours) with a variety of attractions for the whole family.

  • creek.jpgHiking and Bird-watching
  • Snowshoeing (weather permitting)
  • Large indoor Aquarium (fish and turtles)
  • Butterfly garden and Hummingbird garden
  • Picnic shelter and Campfire ring

Nature Center phone: 630-773-5572
Register for programs online or at the Itasca Rec Center. Call Chris at the Itasca Park District at 630-773-2257 for rentals and program questions.