Hawthorne Hill Programs

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Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to enjoy and learn about the natural landscapes that surround our region. The nature center provides year round opportunities for experiencing nature. Explore the trails to witness the rich fall colors, snow-frosted trees, spring wildflowers, summer amphibians, and an ever changing host of birds. Hawthorne Hill is an excellent place to relax, recreate and explore the natural world providing two ponds, acres of woodland, a mile of looped trails, and an interactive nature center. The 67 acre natural area that flanks both sides of Brookside Drive has a wheelchair accessible trail that leads to the pond and sedge meadow, as well as wide, wood-chipped trails to access other areas.

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Please check the Elgin Parks and Recreation Brochure for current program offerings.

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Twice a month we will post a unique and fun scavenger hunt you can do at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center. 

Go on a family hike using our QR code that will provide you a fun fact hike clue sheet. Hunt themes will change and hard copies will be available at Hawthorne Hill on the dates listed. 

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Nature Craft Kits  

Register to order your child a nature craft kit online for $5.00 and pick-up the kit on Saturday pick-up day at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center. Available twice a monthly, these kits contain supplies and instructions for at least 2 crafts. Examples of kits will be posted on HHNC Facebook page starting in January. Register online at www.cityofelgin.org/recreation go to the nature program section.

Storytime Trail Hike

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Bring your family to a new and unique outdoor activity at Hawthorne Hill Nature Center. Stop by the nature center on the day the Saturday Storytime Hike to pick-up instructions. The story will come alive while walking along our nature paths. Each month will feature a different story book for children ages 3-10 yr. olds. This is a adult led family activity outdoors. Bring a mask and keep a safe distance from other groups. Register a spot for your child . 

Code: 112012-01-03     FREE! Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021     Book: The Mitten by Jan Brett 

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021   Book: Big Tracks, Little Tracks by Millicent E. Selsam

Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021        Book: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen