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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, including Forest Park Nature Center, Camp Wokanda, W. H. Sommer Park  and Tawny Oaks Field Stations…


CAMP WOKANDA  309-579-2157

Nature Nuts • Ages 3-7

Offered monthly, Nature Nuts is designed to inspire young minds and families to get outdoors! Register by calling 579-2157.

Scout Programs

  • Achievement Awards– Our parks offer all scouts the perfect place to earn their achievement awards. Our staff can assist you in completing a wide variety of advancement requirements ranging from outdoor recreation activities (such as hiking, canoeing, archery, and fishing) to numerous nature study options (such as botany, birding, mammals, insects). We also have plenty of opportunity to earn advancements in arts, sciences, design, history, team leadership, and engineering.
  • Canoeing: Our ponds are the perfect place for your scouts to learn how to canoe. We have everything you need to get them out on the water and feel at home in a canoe. Programs can be an add-on to an overnight rental or set up as a stand-alone program.
  • Hiking & Backpacking– Have your scouts build their stamina on the miles of trail that wind through our wooded bluffs. A great location to train for their next backpacking adventure, or create their own backpacking adventure by hiking into our camp sites at Camp Wokanda from the Illinois River Bluff Trail.
  • Overnight Camping: Whether it is a cabin campout in the winter, or a tent campout in the summer, Our facilities have been home to scout overnights for over 80 years.
  • Service Projects- Our trail system has a long history of being a great place for scouts to complete their service project requirements. Our staff can work with both leaders and scouts to help guide them to a successful project from initial design all the way through completion. Contact us to find out what types of service projects are available.
  • Themed Nature Hikes– Build your own themed hike by contacting our naturalist staff to help you design a guided hike that meets your needs. We are a great resource for scouting groups that are looking to check off several requirements of achievement awards on a fun and interactive naturalist lead hike.

Forest Park Nature Center  309-686-3360

Eagles on the Illinois River

Each year hundreds of bald eagles overwinter in the Illinois River Valley. Learn about these incredible birds of prey as Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river.

Homeschool Nature Classes • Age 6-12

This series of programs is for homeschoolers who want to learn about Illinois’ natural world. These sessions vary in topic and structure, and children will participate in hands-on activities aimed at increasing their knowledge and interest in each topic.

Morning Bird Hike

The early bird may get the worm, but the early rising birdwatcher gets to see the best assortment of our feathered friends. Bring your own binoculars, or we have pairs to lend out.

Nature Classes for Kids • Ages 6-12

This series of programs is for children who want to learn about Illinois’ natural world. These sessions will vary in topic and structure, and children will participate in hands-on activities aimed at increasing their knowledge and interest in each topic.

Preschool Party • Ages 2-5

Bring your little ones to the Nature Center for a “party” filled with fun and learning designed just for them! Each session features nature-themed activities, and if the weather permits, a walk outside.

Science & Nature Book Club

Enjoy reading and discussing both classic and current science books with fellow readers at Forest Park.  Find these books at your library or favorite retailer, or order through the Trailhead Nature Store either in person or by calling 686-3360.

Scout Programs

  • Achievement Awards– Our parks offer all scouts the perfect place to earn their achievement awards. Our staff can assist you in completing a wide variety of advancement requirements ranging from outdoor recreation activities (such as hiking, canoeing, archery, and fishing) to numerous nature study options (such as botany, birding, mammals, insects). We also have plenty of opportunity to earn advancements in arts, sciences, design, history, team leadership, and engineering.
  • Hiking & Backpacking– Have your scouts build their stamina on the miles of trail that wind through our wooded bluffs. A great location to train for their next backpacking adventure.
  • Service Projects- Our trail system has a long history of being a great place for scouts to complete their service project requirements. Our staff can work with both leaders and scouts to help guide them to a successful project from initial design all the way through completion. Contact us to find out what types of service projects are available.
  • Themed Nature Hikes– Build your own themed hike by contacting our naturalist staff to help you design a guided hike that meets your needs. We are a great resource for scouting groups that are looking to check off several requirements of achievement awards on a fun and interactive naturalist lead hike.

SOMMER FARM  309-691-8423

Scout Programs

  • Achievement Awards– Our parks offer all scouts the perfect place to earn their achievement awards. Our staff can assist you in completing a wide variety of advancement requirements ranging from outdoor recreation activities (such as hiking, canoeing, archery, and fishing) to numerous nature study options (such as botany, birding, mammals, insects). We also have plenty of opportunity to earn advancements in arts, sciences, design, history, team leadership, and engineering.
  • Canoeing: Our ponds are the perfect place for your scouts to learn how to canoe. We have everything you need to get them out on the water and feel at home in a canoe. Programs can be an add-on to an overnight rental or set up as a stand-alone program.
  • Hiking & Backpacking– Have your scouts build their stamina on the miles of trail that wind through our wooded bluffs. A great location to train for their next backpacking adventure.
  • Service Projects- Our trail system has a long history of being a great place for scouts to complete their service project requirements. Our staff can work with both leaders and scouts to help guide them to a successful project from initial design all the way through completion. Contact us to find out what types of service projects are available.
  • Themed Nature Hikes– Build your own themed hike by contacting our naturalist staff to help you design a guided hike that meets your needs. We are a great resource for scouting groups that are looking to check off several requirements of achievement awards on a fun and interactive naturalist lead hike.

tawny oaks field station  309-418-7051

Songbird Mania

April and May are prime months for migrating songbirds and we get ’em in droves at Tawny Oaks. We’re starting early, but these little birds came from Central America to see us, and morning is when we hear their lively songs. It’s a great time to dust off the binoculars and brush up on the bird songs.