Springbrook Nature Center

Nature Center Spring Fling 2018

Building Hours


Memorial Day-Labor Day
Mon-Fri: 2-7 pm
Sat & Sun: 12-5 pm

September-October 
Tue & Thu: 4-7pm 
Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm
Closed: Mon/Wed/Fri

November-March
Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm 
Closed: Mon-Fri

April-May 
Tue & Thu: 4-7pm 
Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm
Closed: Mon/Wed/Fri

The Springbrook Nature Center was recently remodeled inside with new exhibits installed! Visit our 10 resident raptors: Gyrfalcon, Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vulture, Barn Owl, Barred Owl,  Kestrel, and Screech Owl outside at the mews!


Check Out all our Nature Center Programming (Link)

Stop by the outdoor mews to see the 10 resident raptors! Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vulture, Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, Gyrfalcon and more. Wings & Talons, Inc. (Link) provides and takes care of the raptors.


New way-finding signage have been installed along the trails.

-Hiking Trails (Link)
-Map and Directions (Link)
-Village of Itasca's Tree Dedication Program (Link)


Since opening its doors in 1980, The Nature Center has been a vibrant natural resource for education and conservation in suburban Chicago.  Nestled in the heart of the Village of Itasca, Illinois, and located just minutes from its downtown area and train station, you can enjoy 2 miles of hiking trails through a shady woodland, fragrant prairie, and a lush cattail marsh. One mile of concrete paths has been added! You can also stop in at the visitor's center where children of all ages will enjoy free crafts, view an aquarium and more.

The Nature Center offers a variety of programs for local schools, scouts and families.  We teach topics ranging from native plants and animals to environmental restoration.  The Nature Center is a wonderful place to come out and enjoy a summer of fun at one of our many nature day camps.  

The Village of Itasca’s Nature Center is located (view map) south of the Itasca Community Library and Park District Water Park at Catalpa Avenue and Irving Park Road.  Parking is available at the Nature Center (small lot) and at the Water Park (larger lot). 

  • Hiking and Bird-watching
  • Snowshoeing (weather permitting)
  • Large indoor Aquarium (fish and turtles)
  • Butterfly garden and Hummingbird garden
  • Picnic shelter and Campfire Pit
To rent the Nature Center, Shelter and Camp Fire Pit visit www.itascaparkdistrict.com/rentals(link) or Call Chris at 630-773-2257