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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.


Forest Park Nature Center

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CAMP WOKANDA

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.

tawny oaks field station

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.