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Nature Programs

If being outdoors is something that you enjoy, you will be happy to know that the Peoria Park District is home to miles of trails with special programs geared toward nature lovers from all walks of life!  Forest Park Nature Center boasts 540 acres of Illinois State Nature Preserve and offers 7 miles of trails.  Want to help the Park District keep the parks beautiful while spending some time in the great outdoors?  Join us at a Weedy Wednesday and put your green thumb to good use.

Camp Wokanda Environmental Education


Camp Wokanda offers school day programs and overnight opportunities, as well as a Boy Scout Merit Badge program with topics ranging from Art to Wilderness Survival.  All classes emphasize a hands-on approach to learning. The park offers camping and has some wonderful assets for outdoor learning including a sparkling lake, a beautiful lodge that features a long porch for eating lunch, a virgin prairie remnant, a mature oak/hickory forest and plenty of hiking, canoeing and fishing.

For details on any of these opportunities or for overnight accommodations, call Camp Wokanda at (309) 579-2157.

 


Environmental Education Programs


The Peoria Park District works to increase understanding about the importance of conservation and stewardship of our environment… one way to do this is to provide quality education opportunities.  For your convenience, the District hosts environmental education opportunities at multiple, easy-to-access locations.


Fall Fun


Enjoy the crisp, cool fall weather with Peoria Park District.  Check out our Fall Fun Checklist for a sampling of the many fun opportunities available during this colorful season!


Fishing


If you enjoy fishing, the Peoria Park District has many options for you to cast your line and see what bites!  The Park District offers fishing at several locations with an array of fish species available to catch.  Check out the locations listed below to see where you can take your next fishing trip!


Forest Park Nature Center Programming


Visitors to Forest Park Nature Center will find:

  • Seven miles of hiking trails through both forested woodlands and prairie openings
  • A natural history museum and bird observation room
  • The Trailhead Nature Store with nature-oriented and environmentally-friendly items
  • A variety of educational programs
  • Over 500 acres of dedicated Illinois State Nature Preserve

Holiday Events


No matter what the holiday, the Peoria Park District has a way for you to celebrate!


Restoration Workdays


Here’s where the real work happens! Join us as we meet-up at one of our local natural areas and we’ll put everything we know to work in making our natural areas as healthy as we can.