Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
About the Nature Center
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is the perfect place to enjoy rich fall colors, snow-frosted trees, spring wildflowers, summer amphibians, and an ever changing host of birds near the pond, in the woods, or even from the comfort of the 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. Please bring your family and friends. We have games and activities for children and families to enjoy together.
For more information about Hawthorne Hill Nature Center, contact (847) 931-6123.
28 Brookside Drive
Elgin, IL 60123
The nature center is open:
- Friday - 1 - 4 pm
- Saturday - 9 am - Noon
In case of school cancellation due to severe weather, the nature center will be closed. Trails are open daily from 8:00 a.m. until dusk.
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center will be closed the weekend of Thanksgiving so our staff and volunteers can spend much needed time with their family and friends. Thank you for understanding.
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center offers a spacious meeting room that can accommodate up to 100 people. This rental space comes with tables and chairs and has a view of the pond with a patio area. To rent this facility for your next event, contact us at 847-931-6123, or stop by the main courtesy desk at The Centre of Elgin.
A security deposit of 50% of the total rental charge (up to $500), will be required upon booking the rental. This deposit is refundable based on the condition of the facility after the rental.
To expedite the process download and fill out the rental agreement below and bring it with you.
Come to Hawthorne Hill Nature Center for your next birthday party or celebration! Getting outdoors brings people together and Hawthorne Hill offers creative options for preschool on up. All parties include a guided nature program along with outdoor time for fun, so guests should dress for the weather. Renters have the flexibility of bringing their own food at this facility. For more information, please call 847-531-7055.
The mission of Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is to educate people about nature, themselves, and others.