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
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.
The visitor center is closed on major holidays. The nature center trails are typically open, unless the pond is ice-covered and a safety risk. Restrooms are always open from the exterior doors near the pond.
Lee Hansen, Emily Oak Nature Center ManagerTitl Alison Robbins, Tot Program CoordinatorTitle Cassie Schaeffer, School-Age Program CoordinatorTitle Karen Taira, Family & Adult Program CoordinatorTitle
Bike Trail Access
Dogs not allowed
Interactive Nature Exhibit
Meeting & Party Room Rentals
Walking Paths Map