Hidden Oaks Nature Center


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




Visitor center

Temporarily closed for renovations


6 a.m.-sunset April to October
8 a.m.-sunset November to March

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Hidden Oaks Nature Center is getting a major makeover. Extensive renovations and improvements will require the nature center to be closed for much of 2024 starting Feb. 19. The preserve will close periodically for some outdoor renovation work, as needed. The projects will not affect Hidden Lakes Trout Farm. 

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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:

Group outings

While groups of 25 or more are welcome and encouraged to visit the nature center and preserve facilities, they are required to get a special use permit in advance to avoid crowding or scheduling conflicts. Please contact the nature center at 815-722-4121 for more information. 

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