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


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


August 2, 2021 Update: According to the latest COVID-19 positivity rates from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), Kane County has now reached a "substantial" level of transmission. Please be aware of the following operational updates:

* Please follow social-distancing protocols. You may be asked to wait to enter a facility, until less than 10 people are present. Masks are required.
* Please wear a mask when indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
* Anyone attending an indoors nature program that includes children under the age of 12, or that is indoors, requires a mask.
* See CDC health recommendations for fully vaccinated people, here.

Nature Programs:
Nature programs also will resume with 10-person maximums indoors and 25-person maximums outdoors. See The TreeLine Newsletter for program offerings.

Nature Virtually Everywhere: For those who choose not to come out to the preserves at this time, we'll bring the Kane County Forest Preserves to you! See our new "Nature Virtually Everywhere" series of nature programs. More information is available here.

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.