Available Programs
We offer programs for everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens. Our focus is on helping families appreciate their natural surroundings through a variety of programming opportunities year round.  

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

 2017 Summer  

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The programs listed below are available to groups planning to visit Hawthorne Hill. Other topics may be requested.

Ecology (Year Round)
How are all living things connected? Find out during this amazing journey into the world of plants, animals, and food webs. You might be surprised to discover how much you really get from the natural world.

Woodland Wanders (Year Round)
Learn about trees, plants, and animals that live in the woods at Hawthorne Hill. Leaves, bark, buds, wildflowers, berries and fungi, various bugs, and occasional animals make every season a unique treat.

Pond Sleuths (May - September)
What lives in and around the pond? Look and listen for signs of birds, mammals, and amphibians. Check the water for critters and get dirty while enjoying a hands-on experience with wetland soils.


 The following programs are available for the Spring session:

 Green Thumbs Gardening Ages 6 - 12 Friday,6/23, 6/30 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
 Nature Explorers Camp Ages 7 - 12 Wednesday, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 Nature Photography - FREE Ages 15 and up Saturday, 7/22 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 Wild Child Nature Play Days Ages 3 - 6 Wednesday, 6/28 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 Wild Edible Plants Ages 18 and up Saturday, 7/29 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.