Creek Bend Nature Center
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
37W700 Dean St.
St. Charles, IL 60175


Monday - Thursday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 4pm

Creek Bend Nature Center is the hub of the Forest Preserve District's Environmental Education program. Permanent, interactive exhibits include a woodland exhibit featuring Illinois' State Tree, the White Oak; a wetland exhibit that provides an underwater look at the Fox River; and a prairie biodiversity exhibit with bison dating back to the late 1800s. There is plenty to see and do. Ask a naturalist about upcoming nature programs, go on a self-guided hike or scavenger hunt, or simply enjoy learning about Kane County ecology.

Creek Bend Nature Center is open Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

For information on nature programs or to reach our Environmental Education staff, call 630-444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com.

For information on renting this facility for a special event, see the Rental Facilities section of this site.