Nature Center

Galesburg Community Nature Center

1033 South Lake Storey Road

2nd Saturday of the month programs:
Lakeside Nature Center Fall Pumpkins and Nature
Date:  Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time:  9:00-11:00 a.m.
Site:  Lakeside Nature Center, 1033 S. Lake Storey Road
Fee:  FREE
Pick out your very own pumpkin at the Lakeside Nature Center "pumpkin patch", and then create a unique and outdoorsy pumpkin for the fall season.  There will be a nature hike starting at 9:30 a.m. to gather supplies to decorate your pumpkin, starting at 10:00 a.m.  Enjoy a campfire, weather permitting. 
Nature Hike and Scavenger Hunt
Date:  Saturday, November 11, 2017
Time:  9:00 -11:00 a.m.
Site:  Lakeside Nature Center, 1033 South Lake Storey Road
Start by exploring Lakeside Nature Center.  Find outdoor treasures in the Lake Storey woods during a Nature Hike and scavenger hunt.  The hunt starts at 9:30 a.m.  Discover all we have to be thankful for with seasonal changes in nature's playground.  No registration required.  Fun for everyone!
Lakeside Nature Center Holiday Ornament Creations
Date:  Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time:  9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location:  Lakeside Nature Center (1033 S. Lake Storey Road)
Fee:  FREE
Join the Galesburg Parks and Recreation Department to create a "Make and Take" home ornament from nature.  Explore the Lakeside Nature Center.  No registration is needed.  Dress for the weather. 
2018 Summer Camps
Session Dates:  TBA
Camp Coordinator:  Cindy Barshinger
Wiggly Worms (4-6 year olds)
Wednesdays - 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Adventure Seekers (6-9 year olds, or youth that have completed K-3rd Grade)
Wednesdays - noon-2:00 p.m.
IDNR Resource Trunks Available
The City of Galesburg Parks and Recreation Department has been selected as a host site for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources resource trunks and a field trip pack.  These are great teaching tools for educators to use with their students. Trunk contents are correlated to the Illinois Learning Standards. These can be utilized by classroom teachers, school clubs, after school programs, youth groups, home-school educators, conservation groups, religious groups, day care centers, camps and more.
Available Nature Resource Trunks:
  -Aquatic Illinois Trunk
  -Illinois Birds Trunk
  -Illinois Insects and Spiders Trunk
  -Illinois Invasive Species Trunk
  -Illinois Tree Trunk
  -Illinois Wild Mammals Trunk
  -People and Animals from Illinois' Past Trunk
  -Field Trip Pack for Early Childhood Educators
  -Amphibian and Reptile Field Trip Pack.
Call 309/345-3683 to reserve a free Nature Resource Trunk today. 
The Galesburg Nature Center opened in April 2013, and the City had many partners in making the nature center a reality. In 2011, several Knox College students helped to design a logo and a new roof was installed. Other upgrades include the installation of electricity, a painted exterior and new windows and doors. The habitat garden was started in 2012. Special thanks to Brian Davidson, Unique Landscaping, Galesburg Community Foundation, and Ronald McDonald's House Charities.
Lakeside Nature Center Shelter
City of Galesburg, 55 W. Tompkins Street, Galesburg, IL 61402-1387, Phone: 309-343-4181