white oak Creek Bend Nature Center at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve Creek Bend House

Creek Bend Nature Center features interpretive displays and hands-on exhibits of interest to visitors of all ages. Come see our Prairie Ecology exhibit, with bison dating back to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, and biodiversity components. The Nature Center includes an extremely popular wetland exhibit entitled “A Clams-Eye View of the Fox River.”

Take a look at how the Fox River appears from underneath the river surface. In late 2014, we’ll install a brand new woodland exhibit based on our state tree, the White Oak. It’s sure to be amazing.

There’s so much to see and do here! We welcome you to browse the exhibits, sign-up for guided nature hikes and programs, or enjoy self-guided activities.

Admission to Creek Bend Nature Center is free.

We are open to the public:

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.

Our address is:

  • Creek Bend Nature Center
  • LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
  • 37W700 Dean St.
  • Saint Charles, IL 60175

For information on nature programs or to reach our Environmental Education staff, call 630-444-3190 or e-mail programs@kaneforest.com.

Open showings are every Wednesday (except holiday weeks) from 3-7 p.m. No appointment is necessary during this time. Please note, our nature program staff cannot show the rental facility. Their responsibility is to staff the nature center and lead programs. If you'd like to see the rental facility outside of our regularly scheduled showings, please call 630-444-3064 to make an appointment.

Private Rentals at Creek Bend
Creek Bend Nature Center, the adjoining house and grounds are available for private rental. This gorgeous home dates back to the 1930s and will provide a unique, gorgeous backdrop to your special event. Whether it’s a business meeting, shower, party or wedding, consider Creek Bend Nature Center.

For information on renting the facility, call 630-444-3064.

Please see our current fee schedule for private event rentals. View our special event details to learn more. For more information, please email us or call 630-444-3064.

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