Burr Oak Woods Nature Center
This area is mostly forested, but it also features established prairies, restored glades, savannas, woodlands, numerous ponds, and creeks. Facilities/features: A large nature center offering exhibits and interpretive programs, picnic areas, pavilions, six hiking trails, viewing/photo blind, and viewing decks and bridges. There is also Burr Oak Creek and scenic limestone exposures.
Cons: There's no marker to Bethany Falls Trail from the Nature Center, so we were really confused where to turn. We saw an open grassy area and headed toward the tree line. Once we were on the trail, we were again confused if we were on the right trail because the website says it's mulch-covered, but a good part of the trail is actually gravel. Maybe I missed it, but didn't see any "falls" either. Pros: Having said all that, I still loved the experience and would go back. The kids had a blast jumping on the limestone boulders, and the hands-on outdoor classroom is a pretty neat activity for the kids. The Nature Center was closed when we were there (Sunday), but I'm sure it's a nice and informative place to visit when it's open. We'll probably go back and try other trails.
Had a nice day out here walking the trails. Nice that the trails are gravel or paved all the way through.
Great place for kids to explore and its free. Lots of trails to experience nature. The nature center has various displays with hands on activities and some live animals. This is worth a visit for sure.
The nature center is quaint and very educational. The staff is always courteous and willing to answer any questions. There are some reptiles and a large fish tank and a play area for kids. The play area is adjacent to the bird-watch space which is quite lovely for parents. There are many programs/events offered, appealing to a variety of ages. Behind the nature center is an outdoor classroom and a short trail. This is just one of many trails offered here, and they range in time rewired and skill level to suit whatever amount of time you are working with. The trails are well kept but the nature is generally left untouched.
Brought my grandsons from out of town and the most unfriendly park ranger very rudely demanded we leave the entire conservation area. My grandson's puppy on a leash wasn't even allowed on the nature trails.