SUMMER 2017   
A facility of the St. Charles Park District
Presentation by Trish Beckjord, Park District Commissioner
and Program Manager for The Conservation Foundation's
Fox River Education & Outreach Initiative
Friday, June 23
Ages 2+
RES $15/NR $23  (#13101)
Treat your beautiful little butterfly to a night of dancing, pizza and activities. Make this a Father's Day event to remember as you rock the night away with a DJ and butterfly surprises! Ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult. One parent may accompany multiple children from the same household. Advance registration required.  
Fantastic Forts
Ages 7-12
Tu    Jun 13  /  1-3pm   
RES $10/NR $15  (#13725)

Take a hike... out to a secret spot to create a hidden haven! Learn how to construct a fort, then use your imagination and various natural resources to build your own. Wear long pants and closed-toed shoes.

Animal Movers and Shakers
Ages 2-5
Th    Jul 27  /  9:30-10:30am   
RES $5/NR $8  (#13726)

How do you move? How do the critters move? Try out your best moves in this active class and see how you compare the animals that call Hickory Knolls home. We will take a hike if weather permits. Parents must stay with children. Preregistration required.

American Girls- Get Outside
Ages 5+
W    Aug 2  /  6:30-8pm   
RES $15/NR $23  (#13720)

You don't need to travel to an exotic rainforest to find exciting habitats worth protecting. Bring your doll and your creativity and you'll leave with camping-themed items that will help you enjoy the adventure of your backyard as you and your doll head outside to explore. End the evening with the delight of s'mores.

Click on code #s to register.
This event is held at Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles
Summer Nature Programs for Adults
Summer Solstice Morning Meditation
Ages 16+
W    Jun 21  /  7:30-9am   
RES $10/NR $15  (#13722

Welcome summer in a new and exciting way! Mike McGuigan, local musician and sound therapist, will help you focus on yourself as you connect with nature, while the sound waves from Crystal Singing Bowls help calm the nervous system. Begin your day with a short hike to a meditation site in the natural area behind Hickory Knolls Discovery Center. Bring a towel or blanket to enjoy the singing bowl session in comfort. Hike departs from the lobby of Hickory Knolls and session will be conducted inside the building in the event of severe weather. 
Worm Composting 101 
Ages 16+
Tu    Jul 25  /  2-3:30pm   
RES $10/NR $15  (#13727

Get your green thumb ready! If you are starting to think spring in the middle of winter and can't wait to start planting your garden, this class is for you. Learn the science behind vermicompost, composting with worms, and then make a tote you can take home and compost with inside your own house. All materials and yes, even the worms are provided. 

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Guided Programs: 1 hour, $50/15 scouts,

held at HKDC

Self-Guided Programs:
$15 for 1-day use of
curriculum and materials, used on- or off-site

Programs scheduled on a first-come, first served basis

Naturalists assistance for individual scouts working on Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards or an Eagle Scout Rank

To schedule a scouting adventure, contact 
Laura McCoy at 630-513-4393 or .  
For more program details, visit

Celebrate your Birthday at Hickory Knolls!  
Partie s are two hours long and are held in the Wahoo Room. Weather permitting, parties will venture outdoors.
For more information visit

Ages 4+
Bug Bonanza
Dino Dig,
FUNtastic Fairies
Animal Adventures 

Ages 7+
Reptile Extravaganza,
Nighttime Nature,
 Birthday Chefs

Ages 10+ 
Hickory Knolls Whodunnits 
Art on the Wild Side 

To book your party call 630-513-4345.
Volunteers Needed!
Give Nature a Hand 
Join naturalist staff for weekly restoration days in the community's scenic natural areas!

Saturdays - 9am-12pm
1st: Hickory Knolls Natural Area
2nd: Norris Woods Nature Preserve
3rd: Ferson Creek Fen Nature Preserve
4th: Persimmon Woods

To volunteer, call 630-513-4367.
For more details, visit
It's time to get your Rain Barrel

- Water Your Plants

- Wash Your Car

- Lower Your
  Water Bill

- Reduce Polluted  

  Runoff for Streams
  & Rivers

Rain Barrels are a simple, efficient, low-cost method for homeowners to collect and recycle water. Using rain as a resource in rain gardens and rain barrels can have a dramatic impact on water quality in our rivers and streams and will help reduce flooding. Rain barrels are simply large containers that capture rainwater at the end of your downspout. It only takes about a half hour of steady rainfall to fill up a rain barrel.
Place order: June 1 - June 30 
Pick up order: July 12 
For more details, contact Denis Kania at
630-513-4367 or 

55-gallon recycled food grade plastic rain barrel equipped with a spigot, garden hose threaded overflow, top screen to keep out bugs & debris and screw-off lid. Installation accessories available for an additional fee.
Rental Space for Any Occasion!
Weddings, Baby Showers, Business Meetings,
Family Reunion or Special Events!

The Hickory Knolls Discovery Center is a 10,500 sq. ft. building featuring a spacious lobby that soars more than 20 feet in height, with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of the oak savanna just outside the doors. A wide range of attractions appeal to visitors of all ages including live animal displays, interactive floor-to-ceiling murals, indoor turtle pond and wetland exhibit, and more.

Available weekdays, evenings and weekends. Kitchen and audio visual equipment at an additional fee.
For more information, call 630-513-4345.
All programs held at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, unless noted.
3795 Campton Hills Road / 630-513-4399 /
RES=Resident / NR=Nonresident