Your Dose of Nature 365 Days a Year

DuPage is a sought out urban escape for outdoor enthusiasts, and there’s good reason why. Studies show that spending time outdoors has a positive effect on your mood, your physical response to your environment, and your overall well-being. More importantly, studies show that the very act of being outside helps release tension and spending just 10 minutes a day outdoors can prolong your life and make you feel more connected with yourself and the world around you. So, whether you’re into kayaking, snowshoeing, fishing, hiking, biking, or simply walking – we invite you to venture outdoors in DuPage. #DuMoreAdventuring
 

 
Click here for a full listing of events taking places in DuPage County.  


Upcoming Events:

Troll Hunt

3/1/19 - 4/30/19
Troll sightings have been reported in the woods of The Morton Arboretum! Six colossal creatures and ...More!

Trash to Treasure

4/1/19 - 4/30/19
Discover the world of recycling through fun games and make a recycled craft to take home....More!

Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

4/8/19 - 4/27/19
Experience healing and promote wellness with shinrin-yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the...More!

Arbor Day Tree Planting and Story Time

4/26/19 
Celebrate Arbor Day with a visit from Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat at the Arboretum....More!

Arbor Weekend Celebration in the Children’s Garden

4/26/19 - 4/28/19
Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden all weekend long. Plant tree seeds, investigate tree co...More!

Celebrate World Penguin Day at Brookfield Zoo

4/27/19 
Waddle over to Brookfield Zoo and celebrate World Penguin Day. The fun-filled event will feature act...More!

Arbor Day Plant Sale

4/28/19 
Shop an exciting variety of plants chosen by our experts for success in Chicago-area gardens. The Ar...More!

Spring Warbler Workshop

5/1/19 - 5/10/19
In this three day workshop, participants will enjoy the spring migration of brightly colored warbler...More!

Lilac Time

5/1/19 - 5/19/19
The Lombard Park District’s Lilacia Park is an 8.5-acre horticultural showcase featuring 700 lilacs ...More!

Spring Wildflower Walk

5/4/19 
Wander through the ever-changing array of blooms in our woodlands and prairies to learn how to ident...More!

Tail on Trails

5/4/19 
During this event for dogs and their owners, visitors can shop from local businesses and organizatio...More!

Lilac Heritage Tours

5/4/19 - 5/18/19
Lilacia Park is rich in both history and horticulture. Learn what makes it so special. Enjoy a tour ...More!

Sensory Friendly Sundays

5/5/19 - 10/27/19
Sensory-Friendly Sundays offer the opportunity for families with children who are 18 months to 10 ye...More!

Arboretum Yoga - Monday Series

5/6/19 - 6/3/19
Improve your health and well-being with yoga. Practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranqu...More!

Forest Therapy Walks (3 hour)

5/6/19 - 6/29/19
Experience healing and promote wellness with shinrin-yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the...More!

Garden Explorers (18–35 months)

5/7/19 - 5/28/19
Each day will include play, hiking, stories and a nature-related craft. Adults will receive tips to ...More!

Garden Explorers (3–5 years)

5/9/19 - 5/30/19
Each day will include play, hiking, stories and a nature-related craft. Adults will receive tips to ...More!

Arboretum Yoga - Thursday Series

5/9/19 - 6/6/19
Improve your health and well-being with yoga. Practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranqu...More!

Family Twilight Adventures

5/10/19 - 6/28/19
Join us for a fun-filled adventure after hours at the Arboretum to explore the night's theme with a ...More!

Brick Safari at Brookfield Zoo

5/11/19 - 9/29/19
Brick Safari features more than 40 life-size animal sculptures created from millions of individual c...More!

Brookfield Zoo’s Mother’s Day Brunch

5/12/19 
Spending quality time with mom on her special day is all she needs. Head to Brookfield Zoo and enjoy...More!

Brookfield Zoo's Roars and Pours

5/18/19 
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or novice, Brookfield Zoo’s inaugural Roars and Pours offers a uni...More!

Forest Therapy Walks (1 hour 45 min)

5/18/19 - 6/22/19
Experience healing and promote wellness with shinrin-yoku, the practice of bathing the senses in the...More!

Nature Connects®: Art with LEGO® bricks by Sean Kenney

5/24/19 - 9/15/19
Marvel at 15 larger-than-life, nature-themed displays created from nearly half a million LEGO bricks...More!

Summer Nights Concerts at Brookfield Zoo

6/21/19 - 6/22/19
Brookfield Zoo’s Summer Nights, presented by Meijer, is back for a sixth season!
Zoogoers can en...More!

Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta

6/29/19 
Participants will race their handmade cardboard boats on beautiful Lake Ellyn. Winners are determine...More!


Destinations:

Brookfield Zoo/Chicago Zoological Society

Open daily to inspire guests through extraordinary connections with animals, nature and each other. Brookfield Zoo features more than 216-acres and mo...More!

Cantigny Park

This 500-acre park offers vast formal gardens, picnic grounds, a top-ranked public golf course and two museums: Robert R. McCormick Museum and First D...More!

Centennial Beach

Jump into summer fun at Centennial Beach! Six shaded acres, sand beach, water play features, diving complex & water depths catering to swimmers of ...More!

Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo exhibits native Illinois wildlife and domestic farm animals in an accessible manner for children. The zoo is open year-round and also featu...More!

DuPage County Trail System

DuPage County has 490 miles of recreational trails for cyclists, hikers, runners and equestrians. Trails scenically pass through forests, farms and do...More!

Fischer Farm

The Bensenville Park District and the DuPage County Forest Preserve have been working to restore this property and land. Fischer Farm is believed to ...More!

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Get your daily dose of nature at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. We offer 60 forest preserves and five education facilities. Visit onli...More!

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center

A 226 acre Forest Preserve offering visitors and residents 6 miles of trails, historic buildings, a nature center and outdoor recreational opportuniti...More!

Illinois Prairie Path

The Illinois Prairie Path (IPP) was the first successful "rail-to-trail" conversion in the United States and inspired a national rail-to-trail movemen...More!

Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge

Designed by architect, R. Harold Zook and built in 1927, the Katherine Legge Memorial Lodge is located on 52 beautiful acres of woodland, a perfect se...More!

Mayslake Peabody Estate

Tour Mayslake Hall, a Tudor Revival style mansion, once owned by coal baron F.S. Peabody. Witness restoration in progress at this nationally regist...More!

Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower

The Millennium Carillon, a unique musical instrument consisting of 72 bells, is one of only four Grand Carillons in the world. Carillonneurs from arou...More!

Naper Settlement -- Outdoor History Museum

History comes to play at Naper Settlement, a 12-acre museum village with 30 historic structures, including a Victorian mansion, fort, chapel, one-room...More!

Paradise Bay Water Park

Check out the Lombard Park District's award-winning aquatic facility! State-of-the-art amenities are endless and include a 140,000-gallon leisure pool...More!

Raging Waves Waterpark

Outrageous Fun Awaits at Raging Waves -Illinois' Largest Waterpark! In Yorkville, IL - just minutes southwest of the Aurora Outlet Mall - 45 acres o...More!

Sheldon Peck Homestead

The home of nationally-known folk art painter Sheldon Peck, this 1839 house is listed on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Fre...More!

The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is the champion of trees, a living museum and scientific center that is also an engaging 1,700-acre garden that protects trees an...More!




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