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September 26, 2007

Natural Beauty in the City

Nature_center I love Chicago for all its trees, lawns, and huge public parks.  Coming from San Francisco, the green space here is really impressive.  However, sometimes I just want to see something a little, well...different.  For this reason, my family has been thrilled to discover the North Park Village Nature Center recently.

Located at the typically urban intersection of Peterson and Pulaski, this 46-acre nature preserve leaves you asking, "How could we still be in the city of Chicago?"  Deer abound (the fawns are adorable right now!), as do chipmunks, raccoons, frogs, turtles, salamanders, and a wide assortment of birds.  The trails are well-groomed and perfect for letting kids run ahead and make their own discoveries - my kids seem to fixate on the trail maps and love to determine our route as we wind our way through the various areas (woodlands, wetlands, prairie, and  savanna).  In the Nature Center you'll find a hands-on room and wonderful educational programs for all ages; we attended one of their Late Great Nocturnal Nights, when they're open until 8pm for evening adventures, and we all loved it!    

This is an absolutely beautiful place to take your kids -

Frog_pond fun and relaxing for everyone!  Bring your cameras and binoculars - there's so much to see, and the trees are just starting to change. You'll feel like you were away on vacation for a couple hours.

We can't wait to go back, and hope they'll let us bring our snowshoes in the winter.

Information from the web site:

Open 7 Days a Week, 362 Days a Year
(closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day)
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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