North Park Village Nature Center
5801 N. Pulaski Road
46 Acre Nature Preserve & Educational Center
An environmental sanctuary on the Northwest Side of Chicago, The North Park Village Nature Center is a Chicago Park District run area with winding trails through wetland, woodland, prairie and savanna. With a mission focused on providing environmental education and experiences to those who live an urban lifestyle, The North Park Village Nature Center is a little gem of a spot that offers public programs for tots, preschoolers, schools, families and adults. They’re open year-round (dress accordingly!) and offer countless festivals, events and resources aligned with the season.
The North Park Village Nature Center’s Walking Stick Woods is a 12-acre section of the preserve with trails and space dedicated to nature play for young children. You will undoubtedly meet other like-minded and friendly families whenever you show up to explore this spot.
Perhaps one of the best gatherings of the year is their annual Maple Syrup Festival. Yes… the Midwest has maple trees and these trees are tapped and the sap is turned into syrup right in the heart of the city. Families can use a hand saw to cut giant logs, make wooden toys and bird feeders. There's always hot chocolate, cider, coffee and treats for sale too. It's an easy way to get outside as tbe city thaws for a little family fun! Check their Facebook page, @NorthParkVillageNatureCenter, for dates and information on this 2 day festivals and more!