SUMMER 2019   
A facility of the St. Charles Park District
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 12-4pm 

630-513-4399 / 

Saturday, June 22
Doors Open 9:30am  |  Concert Begins 10am  
All Ages
FREE - Advance registration required  (#19741)
Featuring the talented and award-winning musician/author - Jim Gill and his National Campaign for PLAY! Strumming catchy melodies with energetic rhythms on his banjo, his distinctive music play for young children will get everyone clapping, dancing, singing and even sneezing along to his silly and inspiring musical games.   
Friday, June 28  |  7:30-9pm
All Ages
RES $5/NR $8 per person  (#19620)
Bring the family out to learn about lightning bugs and their intriguing ways! Enjoy an indoor, multimedia presentation on fireflies before making your own bug jar. Once properly equipped, venture out to catch (and release) some of these awesome night flyers!  

Learn Your Birds: Cavity Nesters 
All Ages  
Sa    June 8  |  8-10am   
FREE but please register  (#19622)

They are some of our most instantly recognizable birds, but how well do you really know the birds that excavate their own homes or reuse tree cavities made by others? Look for woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, bluebirds, tree swallows and more. Expert birders also will discuss some of the nonnative birds that compete for
cavity space, and things you can do to help.


All Ages
F    July 26  |  7-8:30pm   
RES $5/NR $8 per person  (#19619)

Summertime is Bat Time! Through slides, songs and games we'll learn about these misunderstood mammals and the important role they play in our local environment. As the sun sets we'll head outside to view the wild bats that call Hickory Knolls home.

Click on code #s to register.

Limited Camp Space Available!

Secret Life of Fireflies
Ages 50+
Th    June 6  |  1-2pm   
AAC Member FREE / Nonmember $2  (#19621)

Also known as lightning bugs, these fascinating insects are neither flies nor bugs! Best known for their ability to generate a cool and efficient light, those magical flashes are only a small part of the firefly's story. Join us for an engaging daytime presentation that brings their secret life to light. Held at Pottawatomie Community Center.

Paddle & Learn 
Ages 16+
Sa    August 17  |  9am-12pm   
RES $90/NR $135 per person  (#19623)

You may have walked them, you may have birded them, but when was the last time you visited St. Charles' natural areas by kayak? Join the District's ace naturalists on this leisurely paddle down the Fox River, with stops at some of our most outstanding native communities. Held at Pottawatomie Park.
Click on code #s 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!  
90-minute Nature Parties
with Naturalist-led Activities & Critter Visits
Available All Year Long
Saturday Mornings & Afternoons
or Sunday Afternoons

Dino Dig

FUNtastic Fairies
Animal Adventures:
Bug Bonanza, Reptile Extravaganza
or Critter Explorer

Your Birthday Party will include:
Reserved tables & seating
Party decorations & tableware
Themed e-vites  |  Set-up & clean-up

Add-On Refreshments

* Charlie Fox's Pizza (Cheese, Sausage or Pepperoni)
* Beverages: Juice or Water

For more information visit

To book your party call 630-513-4399.

We have a unique space for you!
Weddings, Business Meetings, Family Gatherings
Ceremonies & Celebrations!

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. Audio visual technology and wifi available. Access to nature center exhibits and
grounds including native gardens and more than 130 acres of natural areas.

Available weekdays, evenings and weekends. Kitchen available at an additional fee.

For more information, contact Amanda Schiferl at
630-513-4345 or

Details in the Fall Guide. 

TACO (Take a Child Outside) Week
Beginning September 21  
Gone Squatchin'
Saturday, October 19  |  5:30pm

All programs held at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, unless noted.
3795 Campton Hills Road / 630-513-4399 /
RES=Resident / NR=Nonresident