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Urbana - Anita Purves Nature Center

1505 North Broadway

Located at the north end of Crystal Lake Park, the Anita Purves Nature Center is an environmental education facility open free to the public. Next door you'll find Busey Woods, a 59-acre forest preserve with a boardwalk loop, seasonal ponds and more.

The Anita Purves Nature Center, at the north end of Urbana's Crystal Lake Park opened in 1979 and underwent an expansion in 2005. Today, we welcome more than 50,000 visitors a year.

We offer environmental programs on site and at other locations and staff members are on hand to answer questions during open hours. Join us in every season to experience something new.

The Anita Purves Nature Center has classrooms for programs that are also rentable for public and private events. 


Grace Kenney

Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Great center, supportive staff, and good programming, especially for Pre-K. Would be nice to see some of the display items in the drawers used more often or made more visible from time to time.

Bilal Haider

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Nice little facility. Emphasizes bird watching

Jen Robbins

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Awesome place for the boys to burn off some energy. Nice exhibits inside and a great play area.

Darlene F

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Took 4 granddaughter. They loved it.😃😃😃😃

bhanu prakash

Monday, Oct. 17, 2016
We celebrated birthday party there .. It is very nice place and the event they organized was also nice , kids liked it . Staff is very cooperative.

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