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Prairie Grass Nature Museum
Prairie Grass
Nature Museum

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Explore the ecology of Lake County, Illinois at the Prairie Grass Nature Museum. Inside our FREE museum, you will find realistic habitats, live animals and engaging activities. We offer a variety of nature-related programs for families and adults year-round. During your visit, you may wish to participate in one of our free monthly activities, or get hands-on with our current exhibit or a Nature Detective sheet.

We're located at the Aquatics Center & Nature Museum BuildingPrairie Grass Nature Museum
860 Hart Road, Round Lake, IL 60073

Note: Due to programming, open hours are subject to
change. Check Facebook for the latest updates at www.Facebook.com/PrairieGrassNM

Tuesdays - Thursdays: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Child Memberships (up to age 10): $30* - Benefits includes:

  • Discounts on public programs and birthday parties
  • Quarterly e-newsletter
  • Tuesdays - Creature Features program from 3:30 - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesdays - Guided hikes and nature play with a naturalist (weather permitting)

*Members of our Children's Neighborhood Museum: Pay an additional $15 to receive these benefits, as well!



  • Early Education programs for children with parents
  • School-Age Programs
  • Camps; Summer, Fall and Winter


At The Museum:

Ever see the blooming flowers of a prairie, elegant birds of a wetland, or mammals of a woodland? How about all in one room? This FREE museum, with its lifelike displays, is designed to give visitors an experience of the outdoors while staying inside.

Our live animals are here for you to view and learn about, as well. Monthly facts, crafts, and activities are available when you stop in.


We have Nature Exploration Packs available for FREE for individuals and families to take and explore Hart's Woods. We are located in the Aquatic Center and Nature Museum building, and look forward to seeing you on your visit!


Birthday Parties
Click here for full details on our party packages.


Enjoy the great outdoors and interact up close with nature! All birthday parties include 60 minutes of naturalist-led activities, indoor or outdoor, and 30 minutes inside for gifts and food. Birthday child can choose to take a photo with one of our live animals.


Teachers, Educators & Scout Leaders
View our educational programs:

- Prairie Grass School Guide

- Scouting Out Bookmark


Contact Us
Christine Kustra, Recreation Supervisor
E-mail: christine_kustra@rlapd.org
Phone: (847) 740-9823

Aquatics Center Opening Day
May. 26, 2018 - May. 26, 2015 12:00 - 7:00 pm
Polliwog Spring Nature Camp
Mar. 26, 2018 - Mar. 27, 2018 10 - 11:30 am
Wonderland Spring Break Camp
Mar. 26, 2018 - Mar. 30, 2018 9 am - 4pm
Spring Break Nature Camp
Mar. 28, 2018 - Mar. 30, 2018 9am - Noon
Flashlight Egg Hunt
Mar. 30, 2018 - Mar. 30, 2018 8:00 -9:00 pm

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