Four Rivers

Environmental Education Center


Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is located at 25055 W. Walnut Lane, off of Blackberry Lane south of Bridge Street, in Channahon.




Visitor center

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday: Noon-4 p.m.

Monday: Closed


8 a.m.-Sunset

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Four Rivers Environmental Education Center and McKinley Woods - Kerry Sheridan Grove in Channahon will both be closed from June 27-29 and July 6-8 for paving work.

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Visitor center amenities

Located near where the Des Plaines, DuPage and Kankakee Rivers meet to form the Illinois River, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a beautiful and safe setting for memorable indoor and outdoor experiences. A model of green architecture, the visitor center provides opportunities to explore fascinating nature exhibits and offers comfortable, scenic spots to rest.  

Known as a hotspot for bald eagles and American white pelicans, the forest preserve in which Four Rivers is nestled offers a seemingly endless array of nature to explore. Walk or bicycle our trails to see beautiful blooms and butterflies in the prairie. Paddle among the bustling wildlife within and along the rivers. Discover dazzling birds singing in the majestic wooded areas. Peruse the facility’s rental spaces to make your next gathering or meeting truly meaningful. Every room in the building provides views of the Des Plaines River and the peaceful, natural surroundings.


Four Rivers first opened in 2009 and continues to expand its programs and services. These include:

Designated as a Certified Autism Center™ through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, the visitor center also has programs available for those with special needs so that guests with autism and sensory sensitivities can have the best experience possible.

Four Rivers is a popular, award-winning venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Center provides couples with an all-in-one venue that is unique, cost effective, convenient for guests and good for the environment. A variety of rental options is available. For more information, visit the Four Rivers facility rental page.


Preserve amenities

The Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is located at McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove, which offers the following amenities and activities:

  • Biking
  • Hiking/running
  • In-line skating
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Geocaching