4650 Brummel St.
Skokie, IL 60076 Get Directions


847-674-1500, ext. 2500


Skokie's thirteen-acre savanna and nature center is an oasis full of native wildflowers, grasses, oak trees, a two-acre pond, and trails. Residing and visiting urban wildlife includes Great Blue Herons, Coyotes, Flying Squirrels, Northern Water Snakes, Red Foxes and Cooper's Hawks. The indoor nature center offers classes, meeting rooms and the interactive Woodland Wander Inn.

Fairy Hunt Guide

Free Woodland Bingo Scavenger Hunt

Photo Contest Rules and Application

Youth Unbound: Bike Adventure for under-resourced teens

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

Lobby open for customer service only
Restrooms open from the outside only
Weekdays: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: TBD

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

Birthday Parties

Outdoor Adventures & Indoor Celebrations.

Click here for party descriptions and reservation details.

Ages 3 & up.
Resident rate: $185
Non-resident rate: $230


Room Rentals

Room Capacity Resident/Non-res Fee
Program Room 70 $80/$160
Classroom A 35 $45/$90
Kitchen   $35/$70

Growing Sprouts 2022–23!


September 7, 2022 to May 26, 2023 (93 classes)

September 6, 2022 to May 25, 2023 (67 classes)

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. Children must be toilet-trained. Call Emily Oaks at (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500 for deposit and billing information.

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


Growing Sprouts 2023–24!
Registration Begins: April 15 for residents, April 22 for non-residents

September 6, 2023 to May 24, 2024 (93 classes)
Residents: $2,186
Non-residents: $2,733

September 5, 2023 to May 23, 2023 (67 classes)

Residents: $1,575
Non-residents: $1,969


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.