WINTER 2018   
A facility of the St. Charles Park District
Tu-Sa: 10am-4pm / Sun: 12-4pm 
Th: 4-8pm (beginning Jan 4) 

630-513-4399 / 
Sunday, December 3  | 10-11:30am
Ages 2+
RES $5/NR $8 per person  (#14003)
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Rd.
Watch Santa arrive pulled by his dashing huskies, then spend some time helping him get ready for his Big Day!
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Make an ornament
  • Have your picture taken with the Big Guy, himself!
  • Breakfast snacks included
Santa arrives at 10:15am! 

Click here to register.

Tu-Th, December 19-21 | 10am-4pm 
All Ages 
RES $2/NR $3  (#14171)
Make an ornament from recycled fabric to take home and hang on your tree. Craft is ongoing during hours of operation and is self-guided.
Advance registration required.
For ages 1-5 with an adult  |  Taught by Naturalist Laura McCoy
Wednesdays  |  9:30-10:15am  |  RES $5/NR $8
Snow Much Fun 
January 17  ( #14864)

It may be cold outside, but that does not mean we can't have fun inside. We will have some ice-filled adventures at the center that will make any snowman smile!

Who's Awake?
January 31  ( #14865)

What does it mean to hibernate? Let's see who is awake and who is asleep this winter. The critters
will come out to play today.

I Love The Earth!
February 14  ( #14866)

Come and give the Earth a big hug today! We will play games using recycled items. Meet and greet some critters who will love to see you moving and grooving!

The Turtle and the Hare
February 28  ( #14867)

Some move slow and some move fast, but both are fun to explore. Who do you think will win the race? Get ready to hop and crawl along with these fun critters.

Do Pancakes Grow on Trees?
March 14  ( #14868)

While the pancake might not come from the tree, spring brings a sweet surprise from the trees. Join us to help a pig on a mission to make a yummy treat as we learn where the sweet syrup starts off this season.

Click on code #s to register.
Winter Bird Count for KIDS!
Ages 8-12
Sa    Jan 20  |  9-11am
FREE but please register  (#15107)

Join Hickory Knolls Naturalists and the Kane County Audubon Society for the first ever Christmas bird count for KIDS! Learn about birds and their migration patterns as we head out into the woods in search of our feathered friends. Binoculars provided to be used the day of the event.

Peter Rabbit PJ Party
Ages 1+
Th     Feb 8  |  6:30-7:15pm
RES $5/NR $8  (#14869)

Peter loves stories and bunny books - how about you? Join us for some cookies and milk as we visit with Peter Rabbit and read some of his favorite tales. Come dressed in your PJ's and bunny slippers. Adults are free!

Peter Rabbit Playdate
Ages 1+
Sa     Feb 10  |  9-10am
RES $8/NR $12  (#14870)

Did you know that Peter Rabbit is a movie star? Get your picture and autograph from the real life Peter as we play some bunny inspired games, make a craft and hop to our heart's content. Activities are designed to engage you and your child in exploration!
Leprechaun Challenge
All Ages
Sa     Mar 17  |  10am-4pm

Leprechauns are tricky creatures. Are they as tricky as the animals that use camouflage to hide in the woods? Make a leprechaun inspired craft to take home and hide. Test your St. Patrick's Day skills with this free drop-in activity while supplies last. No registration required.

Peter & Piggy Pancake Party
Ages 1+
Th     Mar 22  |  6-7:30pm
RES $8/NR $12  (#15207)

As the maple trees prepare for spring, come hungry for a sweet dinner with your favorite critters - Peter Rabbit and Petunia the Guinea pig!Make silly animal faces with your pancakes. Registration required for all participants.

Click on code #s to register.
Tired of being stuck inside? We have the solution!
Activities change weekly and include a variety of ways to cure cabin fever- from scavenger hunts, to crafts and games. Drop in during the day into the extended evening hours of winter. Supplies guaranteed for the first 50 drop in visitors.
No registration required.

Thursdays  |  January 11-March 29  |  10am-7pm 

January 11 - That is Not Just a Box
February 8 - Bunny Hop Dance Party
March 8 - Terrific Turtles
January 18 - Reading to the Animals
February 15 - Hoppy Valentine's Day
March 15 - Creative Color Search
January 25 - Tricky Tracks
February 22 - The Bunny & the Snowman
March 22 - Marvelous Maples
February 1 - Bunny Puppet Play
March 1 - Wiggle Worms
March 29 - Bee Creative
Learn from the Experts: Glaciers to Wildflowers
Ages 16+ 
Sa    Feb 24  |  1-2pm   
RES/NR $15
To register: call 630-444-3190
Discover how Illinois' living landscape came to be, with geologist, professor, and author Raymond Wiggers. Ray's talk will explore the origins of Illinois some 20,000 years ago when the landscape was a forbidding ice desert. Ray will describe the changes since the last glaciation, and the evolution of the Prairie State's landscapes, soils, and plant communities into their present forms.
NEW! Ladies' Naturally Amazing Spa Night 
Ages 21+  
Th     Mar 1  |  7-8:30pm  
RES $20/NR $30  (#15198) 
Do you want to take an earth friendly approach to your beauty routine? Grab your friends for a glass of wine and an evening out as we relax in style. Create several skin care products to use at home along with learning some green tips and tricks.

Click on code # to register. 
Guided Programs: 1 hour, $50/15 scouts,

Offered M-F after school, Th evenings & select weekends 

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
Heat your home and
help out a great cause!
Fundraiser for Hickory Knolls Discovery Center 

Firewood Sales Now to February 23
$110 per face cord*  

 Hardwood mix consists of oak, cherry, hickory and
walnut. Delivery included. While Supplies Last.
To place an order and arrange for delivery, call Denis Kania at 630-513-4367.

Due to concerns over emerald ash borer, Kane County is under a State of Illinois firewood quarantine. Firewood may be delivered only to addresses within Kane County.  

*A face cord is a 4' by 8' stack of approximately
220 pieces of 14"-18" in length.
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 630-513-434 5.

Friday, March 23

RES $5/NR $8 per person (#14862)
All programs held at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, unless noted.
3795 Campton Hills Road / 630-513-4399 /
RES=Resident / NR=Nonresident