4650 Brummel St.
Skokie, IL 60076 Get Directions


847-674-1500, ext. 2500


Skokie's thirteen-acre nature center is a woodland oasis full of native wildflowers and grasses, ancient oak trees, a two-acre pond, wood chip and asphalt trails, and an adjacent playground. Residing and visiting urban wildlife includes herons, coyotes, flying squirrels, painted turtles, and Cooper's hawks. The indoor visitor facility offers programs for all ages, meeting rooms, and the interactive Woodland Wander Inn. 

Free: Audio Guided Meditation Walk

Free Woodland Bingo Scavenger Hunt

Photo Contest Rules and Application 2024

GPS Treasure Hunts

Emily Oaks Special Use Rules

Gate & Trail Hours

Weekdays: 8 a.m.–sunset
Saturday: 8 a.m.–sunset
Sunday: 10 a.m.–sunset

Visitor Facility Hours

Weekdays: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Saturday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. 
Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
The restrooms are accessible from exterior doors near the pond whenever the nature center gate is open. 

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  • Activity Shelters
  • Bike Trail Access
  • Classrooms
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Interactive Nature Exhibit
  • Kitchen
  • Meeting & Party Room Rentals
  • Parking
  • Playgrounds
  • Pond
  • Visitor Facility
  • Walking Paths Map

Birthday Parties at the Emily Oaks Nature Center

Celebrate your child’s special day with a fun and memorable outdoor experience! Birthday party package rentals for the indoor program room or an outdoor shelter are both available. A leader-guided activity is included within the rental time.

Call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500 for scheduling and information. For fees and detailed activity descriptions, click here to see the Emily Oaks birthday party brochure.

Click here to fill out a Birthday Party Request Form. 

Ages 3 & Up 

Indoor Birthday Party Package
Resident Rate: $260 
Non-resident Rate: $325

Shelter Birthday Party Package 
Resident Rate: $185
Non-resident Rate: $230 
Add-on Campfire: R $50/NR $65 

Damage Deposit: $100 

Room Rentals

Click here for all room rental information!


Growing Sprouts 2024–25


September 4, 2024 to May 23, 2025
Full Day (9:30A-3:30P) Residents: $4,418 • Non-residents: $5,523
Half Day (9:30A-12P or 1-3:30P) Residents: $2,209 • Non-residents: $2,761


September 3, 2024 to May 22, 2025
Full Day (9:30A-3:30P) Residents: $3,149 • Non-residents: $3,936
Half Day (9:30A-12P or 1-3:30P) Residents: $1,575 • Non-residents: $1,969

This early learning program combines traditional preschool activities with outdoor discovery and exploration. A majority of your child’s day will be spent naturally learning through outdoor play. Children will use tools to conduct simple science experiments; learn about plants, animals and habitats; observing the changing seasons; and play freely in nature. Please note: The T-TH class has repeated content from the M-W-F class. Children must be toilet-trained. Call Emily Oaks at (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500 for deposit and billing information. 

Registration for the ongoing 2023-24 season is still being accepted on a pro-rated basis. Please call for more information.

Growing Sprouts Photo Tour
Growing Sprouts Orientation Video
Growing Sprouts Parent Handbook

Register here


Emily Oaks offers educational programs for children in preschool–6th grade. Our dynamic staff create engaging outdoor learning adventures that motivate students to actively pursue these outcomes:

  • Understanding key ecological concepts
  • Developing positive feelings for the natural world
  • Promoting lifestyles that are more in harmony with the earth and its life

Group size is limited to 30 participants per activity. Minimum fees apply to groups of 10 students or less. Payment is due at the time of your visit.

To submit a request for a field trip activity, click here: School Activity Inquiry.

For more information, email School Program Coordinator, Cassie Schaeffer.
For a brochure of activities, click here. 
To schedule your school group, call Emily Oaks at (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500.

Emily Oaks offers outdoor skills and nature exploration to earn scout badges. Reservations are required for all groups, so please make reservations as early as possible. 

To submit a request for a scout activity, click here: Scout Activity Inquiry.

For more information, e-mail School-age Program Coordinator, Cassie Schaeffer.
For a full brochure of scout and youth group activities, click here.

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The Emily Oaks Advocate Program offers a variety of positions for anyone interested in a rewarding volunteer experience. Our program provides a wonderful opportunity for the urban dweller to get in touch with the natural world and meet new people with similar interests, while contributing to the programs and operations at Emily Oaks Nature Center.

View this brochure for more information and a volunteer application form.