Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center

 Nature's Classroom

Our Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center features indoor and outdoor activities, workshops, and classes related to nature. For more information, contact Jen at (847) 360-4705 or jdumas@waukeganparks.org.


We are learning about nature in fun ways. Whether we are exploring, hiking or mak- ing crafts, we will gain appreciation of nature with these adventures. For more information, contact Javi at (847) 360-4706 or jmartinez@waukeganparks.org.

Ernie the Bearded Dragon turns 2 this year! Celebrate this lizard’s fun birthday by learning about Ernie, watching him eat his reptile birthday cake, and then make lizard inspired crafts.

Date: Wednesday, September 16
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here

I turned into a butterfly! But how? Learn the different ways that animals change and how they survive at each stage.

Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here

Let’s go for a Fall hike at Bowen Park! Pick up pretty stones, leaves, and other mate- rials, and then gather around for some art and nature fun.

Date: Wednesday, October 14
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Jane Addams Center
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here

Identify and explore a variety of different types of trees in your area. What do they look like? How do they grow? How old are they? How do leaves differ from one an- other and why? Take home your own tree ring necklace!

Date: Wednesday, October 21
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here


Green Peeps

Going green is an important part of society. Thankfully, humans have begun to make some progress in reducing, reusing, and recycling. For children ages 4 and up, we are offering a “Parent and Me” program. One opportunity to learn with parents and spark interest in the environment is being able to implement art and innovation in the ecology field. With activities that can stick to minds, games, and fun facts, children will be able to be more aware of what items to recycle and what it means to go green. For more information, contact Maria at (847) 360-4708 or mcontreras@waukeganparks.org.

It’s easy being green! In a world that uses resources quicker than before, it’s good to realize the small steps we can do a greener, cleaner Earth. Save the environment by creating your own reusable bag to replace the plastic bags at the stores. We will learn about the three R’s and become creative in our dedication to helping the environment.
Date: Saturday, September 19
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: $4 (Residents)/$6 (Non-Residents)
Registration: Click Here

Learn about the importance of reusing everyday items. Come create your own piggy banks with everyday items and art supplies! Great for raising awareness about our environment and for sparking creativity for more inspiring home crafts.
Date: Saturday, September 26
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: $4 (Residents)/$6 (Non-Residents)
Registration: Click Here

Learn about Eco-solutions that combat our overflowing landfill. Learn about waste and how recycling can be fun, useful, and helpful to the environment. Come make your own paper through a recycling process and take it home! We mix this with fun games and learn about ecology.
Date: Saturday, October 3
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: $4 (Residents)/$6 (Non-Residents)
Registration: Click Here

There are many plastics that are hard to recycle. Learn about recycling and reducing the use of items. See the creative things you can do with those items. Being able to find different ways to make crafts out of recycling materials makes for creative thinking, unique imagination, and eco-awareness. After we make the bottle cap stamps, let’s create art.Date: Saturday, October 10
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: $4 (Residents)/$6 (Non-Residents)
Registration: Click Here


Nature’s Classroom!

The outdoors is our classroom! Explore and discover the natural world, as we go on the following journeys through the environment. Programs are held outside and dressing for the weather is highly encouraged. All classes require pre-registration and parent assistance. Please note, some programs have a small materials fee. Programs at Nature’s Classroom are made possible with financial support through a partnership with North Shore Gas. For more information, contact Maria at (847) 360-4708 or mcontreras@waukeganparks.org.

This program teaches Explorers the importance of protecting pollinators and to learn about native bees. Each child gets to make and take home their own Mason Bee House! Hang the house in late spring, in a sunny location facing south or south- east and soon you’ll have inhabitants to observe.

Date: Friday, October 2
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here

The moon is so big and bright! But why does it look different every week? Learn more about the moon and the roles it plays in science. With our STEAM activities, we can develop an understanding about the motions within our galaxies and solar system.

Date: Friday, October 30
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: $19 (Residents)/$21 (Non-Residents)
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Compare and contrast leaf shapes and arrangements and discover one of nature’s most amazing phenomena – photosynthesis. Each registered participant will take a leaf coaster home!

Date: Friday, November 6
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: $5 (Residents)/$7 (Non-Residents)
Registration: Click Here

Explorers can investigate the hidden wonders of the microscopic world. From pond water, or a river stream, to a fly’s wing, and frog’s blood this program will fascinate on a large scale.

Date: Friday, December 11
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here

Explore what’s coming out of your funky faucet! Test tap water for pH, chlorine, hardness, copper, and iron. Be sure to bring 1 cup of sample water from home.

Date: Friday, December 18
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Nature’s Classroom at Bevier Center
Fee: Free
Registration: Click Here