Lakeview Nature Center

EXPLOREThe begining of the trails through the prairie at Lakeview Nature Center

"To promote stewardship and conservation of the environment through experiential education."


Lakeview Nature Center is currently undergoing renovations! During this exciting time the center will be open by appointment only. Be on the look out for announcement about the Grand Re-Opening with new interactive hands on learning exhibits and new educational program offerings. For more information call (309)833-4562

Adjacent to Spring Lake Park and nestled in over 350 acres including prairie, wetland, timber, and grass lands, Lakeview Nature Center is an ideal place to learn about native Illinois plants and animals. Enjoy hikes through 55 acres of restored prairie and as you relax, see if you can find Lakeview Nature Area's resident families of beaver, fox, deer, turkey and more.

When planning for the center began it was no question that the building itself needed to stay as true to origin as the nature and prairie that surrounded it. Framing of the nature center is hand hewn oak timbers, that are mortise and tenon with no nails holding the framework together, only wooden pegs. This more natural build results in a beautiful woodland aroma, a warm country feel, and a unique ambiance to retreat with friends and family in. Lakeview Nature Center's visual displays in conjunction with hands on programming emphasize exploration and investigation of the environment with an integrative direction.

Come Learn what can be Discovered at Lakeview Nature Center.

Young girl reaches for a bubble during Young Scientist Camp at Lakeview Nature Center
Campers sit on the main floor of Lakeview Nature Center enjoy their balloon creations
Campers enrolled in Young Scientist Camp experiment with dry ice at Lakeview Nature Center


Lakeview Nature Center has developed new programming initiatives to inspire the minds and peak the interests of those who enroll in them. These programs focus on education, hands on experiences, and examining the natural world of Midwestern Illinois.

Lakeview Nature Center has also teamed up with the Macomb Park District Ceramics Department to bring you monthly family workshops!! These workshops are dedicated to educational family fun that provide hands on experiences to bring home the theme for the whole family. Family workshops are open to all ages, all skill levels, and we request that young children be accompanied by an adult that participates.

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Check out our Upcoming Family Workshops

Besides offering pre-planned hands on learning experiences, Lakeview Nature Center offers options for specialty programs and facility reservations. Perfect for educational field trips with your class or school group or themed parties with an educational basis Lakeview Nature Center can immerse your group in a multitude of experiences. Want to traverse the wall of China, go on an African safari, dive under the sea, or unearth prehistoric creatures of the age of the dinosaurs? The talented staff at Lakeview Nature Center can help bring those schemes to life with decorations and theme specific programming!

Not looking for a themed event with a structured program plan? Lakeview also offers facility rentals for any occasion! Bring innovation to the monotony of the ordinary work, class, or day to day environment by hosting staff meetings, study groups, class, book clubs, family night, art club, birthday party or any other assemblage at Lakeview Nature Center! Our staff will make sure the Center is polished and ready for your event to shine.

Lakeview Specialty Program Rates

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Set Up/Tear Down$30.00$45.00

Lakeview Meeting Room Rental Rates

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Set Up/Tear Down$20.00$20.00


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