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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 park, and games and species I.D. resources are sure to liven up your adventures in the park. Want to enjoy the outdoors without having to exercise? 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., hours TBD
Occasional closures for school groups and nature walks

Questions? Contact:

Leah Bieniak
Conservation Education Representative

Upcoming Events

  • Guided Nature Walks
    Led by our Conservation Educator, guided nature walks are easy hikes that offer a unique look at the rare dunesland habitat and its array of species.
    - Sept. 25th & 26th, 10:30 a.m. (1.5 mile loop) and 2:00 p.m. (0.75 mile loop)
    - Oct. 2nd & 3rd, 9:30 a.m. (Birding loop!) and 2:00 p.m. (0.75 mile loop)

  • Hallow-Read at IBSP!
    Trick or treat yourself to story time with the Conservation Educator at the IBSP Nature Center! Listen along on several short stories, and then join in on creating a new short story as a group. Candy provided and costumes encouraged. Free fun for the whole family!
    - Saturday Oct. 9, 16, 23
    - Sunday Oct. 10, 17, 24
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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 schedule a visit to the park or invite the Conservation Educator to their location for a 1.5, 2.0, or 2.5 hour session on a topic related to conservation, biodiversity, plants, specific animal groups, etc (note that field trips to the park are capped at 25 students per 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.

Illinois Beach Nature Center