Hidden Oaks Nature Center


Hidden Oaks Nature Center is located at 419 Trout Farm Road, north of Boughton Road in Bolingbrook.




Visitor center

The nature center is currently closed to the public and is scheduled to reopen in summer 2022.


8 a.m.-sunset

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After a short hiatus, Hidden Oaks Nature Center will reopen to the public on July 6 as it hosts its first exhibit under Forest Preserve District ownership. 

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Hidden Oaks Nature Center offers visitors a place to learn about the natural environment around them, with hands-on exhibits, live reptiles and interactive play elements. Offerings and amenities include:

  • Public programs
  • Youth group programs
  • Nature playscape
  • Gift shop
  • Workshops and private event rentals
  • Nature-themed rental packages
  • Community events and exhibitions
  • Free district publications and trail maps

Visitor center amenities

The following permits are available for purchase at the nature center:

  • Camping permits
  • Dog park permits
  • Picnic permits

The nature center is open to the public free of charge.

Preserve amenities

The preserve surrounding Hidden Oaks Nature Center offers the following amenities and activities:   

  • Biking   
  • Hiking/running
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing/kayaking