It is the mission of the Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center to improve the quality of life for the community by providing nature recreation, in the form of high quality native ecosystems through natural restoration and preservation, and formal and informal nature education.
The Crystal Lake Park District Nature Center has been educating the people of Crystal Lake about the natural world since its creation in 1968. We have changed and expanded much over the years, but our aim has remained the same. Open year-round, we provide a unique opportunity for young and old alike to experience nature through progressive programs, hands-on-activities, seasonal exhibits and exciting volunteer opportunities. Located in Veteran Acres Park, we are also the ideal starting point for a hike through the Veteran Acres Woods and Wingate Prairie.