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Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park Site Interpreter

Nature Center

Whether you’re looking for general park information, trail recommendations, a place to rest after a hike, or a deeper understanding of the dunesland, the IBSP Nature Center has something for you. Interactive displays tell the story of both the people-focused and natural history of the IBSP, and games and species I.D. resources are sure to liven up your adventures in the park. Want to enjoy the outdoors while relaxing? Spend time on our overlook deck or back patio! Have a question about park activities, habitats, or species? Come ask our Conservation Educator! There is something for everyone at the IBSP Nature Center - we hope to see you soon!


September 30th-October 31st: Thurs.-Mon., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
November 1st-January 31st: Mon.-Fri., 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m
Weekly closures for education programs and events.

Questions? Contact:

Leah Bieniak
Conservation Education Representative

Upcoming Events

Celebrate the Solstice
December 21st, 1:30-3:45 p.m.
Illinois Beach State Park Nature Center

Are you missing the sunshine? Looking for a fun and safe seasonal event for your family? Then come join us at the Illinois Beach State Park Nature Center to celebrate the winter solstice! As the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice has been marked by numerous traditions across the globe for millennia. This year, YOU could find extra light on the darkest day by learning about these traditions, making jar lanterns, sharing your hopes for the new year, touring the IBSP Nature Center, and even going on a special guided walk on one of the nature preserve trails!* This event is free and open to all ages. Be sure to register in advance here: Free Registration. Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate to local food pantries.

If you have any questions, please contact leah.bieniak@illinois.gov.

​*Guided Nature Walk is weather-dependent

Conservation Education Program

Looking for special guest or field trip opportunities? The IBSP Conservation Education Program offers free programming to school (homeschool, public, or private), youth, and community groups! Groups of 10 or more can invite the Conservation Educator to their classroom for a 1.0-1.5 hour session on a topic related to conservation, biodiversity, plants, specific animal groups, etc. You can also schedule a field trip to the park for a 1.5, 2.0, or 2.5 hour session*. Programs are available through January and are best suited for students K-12, though adult groups are welcome. To learn more about this opportunity or to schedule a program, contact the Conservation Educator, Leah Bieniak, at leah.bieniak@illinois.gov.

*Field trips to the park are capped at 25 students per session due to limited space. Classroom visits are capped at one class (~30 students or less) per session.

Illinois Beach Nature Center