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Hawthorne Hill Nature Center

28 Brookside Drive
Elgin, IL 60120

847-531-7055

MissionThe mission of Hawthorne Hill Nature Center is to educate people about nature, themselves, and others through hands-on nature studies, experimental programs and outdoor recreational opportunities, thus cultivating understanding, appreciation and connectedness with the natural world, its inhabitants and humanity as a whole.VisionThe nature center and its property contains exhibits and activities to promote play, encourage discovery, and ultimately lead people to appreciate the diversity in humanity and ecology, therefore protecting the natural world through stewardship and responsible choices.

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. 

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