Event calendar

Pond Safari

Event information

Date: Saturday, August 19, 2023

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Age: Ages 8 or older. (Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.)

Contact: 815-722-4121

Location: Hidden Lakes Trout Farm at Hidden Oaks Preserve

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A dragonfly perched atop vegetation. Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock

Event details

Along the pond’s edge is vegetation, leaves and good old muck. It makes the perfect habitat for aquatic insects, tadpoles, crayfish and more! Join a naturalist to discover what lies beneath the surface of the ponds at Hidden Lakes Trout Farm. We will arm you with nets and teach you what to look for so you can catch all the squirmy critters. End the safari with an icy treat from the Tackle Box concession stand.

Event requirements

Registration required by Thursday, Aug. 17: 815-722-4121.


All children must be registered by an accompanied adult. 

The edges of the ponds are on natural, uneven surfaces. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.