Monday, August 13, 2012

Visiting Red Oak Nature Center

This past weekend, we ventured to the Red Oak Nature Center, part of the Fox Valley Park District. The Nature Center is poised scenically along the Fox River. There are a few hiking trails to choose from--all short in length, so easy to navigate. If you are up for a longer hike, you can combine them!

When we arrived, we made a stop at the Nature Center itself. The Nature Center is free and has a bunch of interactive exhibits. We learned about trees and some of the wildlife that can be found at the preserve. There were some live wildlife exhibits--which my daughter loved! The staff was very friendly and helpful.

After leaving the Nature Center, we went to an observation deck. From there, we could view a picturesque portion of the Fox River. The deck was the perfect point for watching a number of waterfowl (and some humans fishing across the way). My husband and I could have stood there for awhile, scouting for some birds. However, my daughter was anxious to be on the way.

Next, we embarked on a trail. We tried to encourage our daughter to walk softly--however, we failed miserably. Even though I am sure that she unintentionally scared quite a bit of wildlife off, we were able to see some as well. Additionally, there were signs along the way explaining the wildlife that can be seen in the area as well as things that we can observe to recognize their presence.



We took a walk down to a small cave along the river. This seems to be a favorite spot with the kids! My daughter had at to go into it several times!



We enjoyed the peaceful, beautiful surroundings of the Red Oak Nature Center. We also enjoyed the shorter trails--this lead to less complaining from our daughter. The Nature Center has a nice map detailing the trails, so be sure to pick one up before heading out.

There are picnic tables near the Nature Center. Also, there is a restroom and a vending machine (for beverages) at the Nature Center. The Red Oak Nature Center hosts a number of events throughout the year, so be sure to check for those.

Red Oak Nature Center is open year round--9:00AM-4:30PM M-F and 10AM-3PM on Sat. and Sun.
Red Oak Nature Center can be found at 2343 South River Street  Batavia, IL 60510.

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