Lakeview Nature Area & Center

Lakeview Nature Area & Center Welcome to the Lakeview Nature Area in Macomb, Illinois! Our trails are open from dawn to dusk year round and our Nature Center is open during our seasonal programs, special events, and field trips.
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Learn more by visiting: http://macombparkdistrict.com

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Hello everyone! We're back again with another FREE Friday nature printable! Today, we have a "Terrific Turtle" coloring ...
09/11/2020

Hello everyone! We're back again with another FREE Friday nature printable! Today, we have a "Terrific Turtle" coloring sheet that's perfect for creating some relaxing moments this weekend! To learn more about the seventeen species of turtles that call Illinois home visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/education/Pages/WildAboutTurtles.aspx What interesting facts about turtles can you discover?

Print off the sheet by clicking this download link:https://macombparkdistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Nature-Coloring-Sheet-Terrific-Turtles.pdf

If you're without a printer at home, draw a pair of turtles and use your coloring materials to bring them to life!

Happy coloring and tag us at @lakeviewnaturearea with highlights from your creative coloring! We hope everyone enjoys a relaxing and nature-filled weekend! Be well, friends!

September colors on the prairie @lakeviewnaturearea captured through this week’s misty weather. Can you spot any familia...
09/09/2020

September colors on the prairie @lakeviewnaturearea captured through this week’s misty weather. Can you spot any familiar grasses and forbs?

We’re excited to share a new edition of “Nature Explorers” for the week that focuses on “Reptiles and Amphibians in Illi...
09/09/2020

We’re excited to share a new edition of “Nature Explorers” for the week that focuses on “Reptiles and Amphibians in Illinois!” Explore our @macombparks and your own backyard with your family to spot some of the Illinois wildlife listed on this scavenger hunt. We encourage you to stop by the Patton Park pond to check out their amazing army of American Bullfrogs! Do keep in mind that some reptiles and amphibians will be easier to spot and others may only be discovered through what they leave behind. What other reptiles and amphibians did you find on your outdoor adventures?

To download a workbook to learn more about the amazing reptiles and amphibians featured in this week’s edition of “Nature Explorers,” please visit:https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/publications/Documents/00000711.pdf

Tag @lakeviewnaturearea and @macombparks with your amazing amphibian and reptile discoveries! If you choose to explore beyond your backyard, please remember to practice social distancing, safe mask wearing, and follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. Happy exploring everyone!

Hello everyone! Each week, we've loved sharing a new, FREE Friday nature printable with you and we hope they have helped...
09/04/2020

Hello everyone! Each week, we've loved sharing a new, FREE Friday nature printable with you and we hope they have helped inspire creative expression and discovery through nature! As we shift into the autumn season, we created a "Summer Nature Printable Bundle" that includes the twelve printables that we've shared each week this season. Each printable includes a suggested materials list when needed and step-by-step instructions. We hope you'll continue to join us each Friday, as we have another twelve printables planned for autumn adventures in nature!

Print off this bundle by clicking this download link:https://macombparkdistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Summer-2020-Nature-Printables.pdf

Keep exploring and tag us at @lakeviewnaturearea with your nature inspired creations and outdoor adventures! If you choose to explore beyond your backyard, please remember to practice social distancing, safe mask wearing, and follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. We hope everyone enjoys a relaxing and nature-filled weekend! Be well, friends!

Hello everyone! We're excited to show you how to make a family of "Nature Buddies" for this week's "Nature at Home" seri...
09/02/2020

Hello everyone! We're excited to show you how to make a family of "Nature Buddies" for this week's "Nature at Home" series! To create this project, you'll need a pencil or permanent marker, small pebbles, and your choice of found nature items. Let's wildcraft and create some sweet creatures!

To see some of these simple steps, please follow along in the photos below. First, collect your materials. Next, draw eyes on one or both sides of your pebbles. It's fun to create eyes that are different shapes and sizes to add extra silliness! Lastly, use your loose nature items and eyes to create your own nature buddies. What real and imaginary creatures can you create? What stories or adventures can you tell about your creature?

We hope you enjoy this "Nature at Home" project and tag us at @lakeviewnaturearea with your fun and silly nature buddies! Be well, friends !

Hello everyone! We're back again with another FREE Friday nature printable! Today, we have a "Colorful Summer Blooms" co...
08/28/2020

Hello everyone! We're back again with another FREE Friday nature printable! Today, we have a "Colorful Summer Blooms" coloring sheet that's perfect for creating some relaxing moments this weekend!

Print off the sheet by clicking this download link:https://macombparkdistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Nature-Coloring-Sheet-Small-Wonders-in-Nature.pdf

If you're without a printer at home, draw your own favorite small wonders in nature and use your coloring materials to bring them to life!

Happy coloring and tag us at @lakeviewnaturearea with highlights from your creative coloring! We hope everyone enjoys a relaxing and nature-filled weekend! Be well, friends!

It’s another beautiful day for a prairie trail walk @lakeviewnaturearea! We restocked our FREE “Lakeview Nature Area Map...
08/27/2020

It’s another beautiful day for a prairie trail walk @lakeviewnaturearea! We restocked our FREE “Lakeview Nature Area Map and Nature Explorers” keychains this afternoon at our Trail Information Center! We encourage you to grab one on your next visit! ⁣

As a reminder, while the main gate is open everyday, at this time, our nature center and restrooms are not. We do ask that you practice social distancing, safe mask wearing, and follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. Be well, friends and we hope to see you in the prairie!

Late August blues and greens @lakeviewnaturearea. Beautiful!
08/26/2020

Late August blues and greens @lakeviewnaturearea. Beautiful!

We hope everyone is enjoying the start of the school year! We want to remind you that our nature area is ready to provid...
08/26/2020

We hope everyone is enjoying the start of the school year! We want to remind you that our nature area is ready to provide rest and relief if you need to reconnect this week. To encourage this, we’re sharing a new edition of “Nature Explorers” for the week that focuses on our favorite things to discover at @lakeviewnaturearea. Have you walked across Cooper’s Creek Bridge to visit our apiary? Can you spot the beautiful yellow Goldenrod emerging in the prairie? ⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Tag @lakeviewnaturearea and @macombparks with your Lakeview Nature Area discoveries! Your can also visit our Instagram Story for this “Nature Explorers” edition that you can screenshot and share to your own Story as a way to mark off your discoveries. If you visit, please remember to practice social distancing, safe mask wearing, and follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. Happy exploring everyone!

We're so excited to announce that a new beekeeper has joined us at the Lakeview Nature Area Community Apiary! Elizabeth,...
08/24/2020

We're so excited to announce that a new beekeeper has joined us at the Lakeview Nature Area Community Apiary! Elizabeth, a student at WIU started beekeeping this year during quarantine and wanted to continue her new hobby when she returned to school. Amazingly, Elizabeth and her bees traveled three hours from Missouri and joined our two other established colonies in the apiary on Saturday! Scroll through the photos to see the hive installation on Saturday and the hive inspection on Sunday. We're so happy to report that her bees already seem to be enjoying their new home in the nature area! Welcome, Elizabeth!

We welcome you to see this busy season in person by visiting our apiary. The apiary is located in the south field, that is accessible by way of the Conner’s Creek Bridge located directly behind the Lakeview Nature Center. The apiary is fenced and located to the east once you cross the bridge. As a reminder, while @macombparks are open, our nature center and restrooms are not. On your visit, please remember to practice social distancing, safe mask wearing, and follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. Bee well, friends!

Hello everyone! We're excited to show you how to make a family of "Nature Buddies" for this week's "Nature at Home" seri...
08/24/2020

Hello everyone! We're excited to show you how to make a family of "Nature Buddies" for this week's "Nature at Home" series! To create this project, you'll need a pencil or permanent marker, small pebbles, and your choice of found nature items. Let's wildcraft and create some sweet creatures!

To see some of these simple steps, please follow along in the photos below. First, collect your materials. Next, draw eyes on one or both sides of your pebbles. It's fun to create eyes that are different shapes and sizes to add extra silliness! Lastly, use your loose nature items and eyes to create your own nature buddies. What real and imaginary creatures can you create? What stories or adventures can you tell about your creature?

We hope you enjoy this "Nature at Home" project and tag us at @lakeviewnaturearea with your fun and silly nature buddies! Be well, friends !

08/22/2020

It’s a beautiful day to explore the tallgrass prairie @lakeviewnaturearea! We hope everyone is enjoying a lovely weekend!

Hello everyone! We're back again with another FREE Friday nature printable! Today, we have a "Minibeast Journal" that's ...
08/21/2020

Hello everyone! We're back again with another FREE Friday nature printable! Today, we have a "Minibeast Journal" that's perfect for discovering your invertebrate neighbors! Create your journal and start exploring your backyard, neighborhood, and favorite park! Add a magnifying glass, some drawing materials, a trusty field guide, and you're ready to explore! Don't forget that most minibeasts are small and can be found in their favorite micro-habitat homes so make sure to check under stones, in bushes, trees, grass, flowers, soil and leaf litter. Happy exploring!

Instructions for how to print and build your journal can be found on the PDF by clicking this download link:https://macombparkdistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Minibeast-Journal-.pdf
We noticed that some additional trimming of the journal pages may be needed depending on your printer settings.

Need a field guide? No problem! Here's one of our favorite FREE apps you can download to your phone to help you identify what you discover in the natural world:

iNaturalist App
https://www.inaturalist.org

Happy exploring and tag us at @lakeviewnaturearea with highlights from your minibeast adventures! If you choose to explore beyond your yard, please remember to practice social distancing, safe mask wearing, and follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. We hope everyone enjoys a relaxing and nature-filled weekend! Be well, friends!

This week we’re celebrating our favorite small animals with a new edition of “Nature Explorers” that focuses on discover...
08/19/2020

This week we’re celebrating our favorite small animals with a new edition of “Nature Explorers” that focuses on discovering “Minibeasts.” Head outside with your family and try to spot some of these inspiring invertebrates! What other minibeasts did you discover on your scavenger hunt?

To learn more about where minibeasts live and tips for how to discover them please visit: https://ypte.org.uk/factsheets/minibeasts/where-do-minibeasts-live#section

Tag @lakeviewnaturearea and @macombparks with your mini beast discoveries! Your can also visit our Facebook Story for this “Nature Explorers” edition that you can screenshot and share to your own Story as a way to mark off your discoveries. If you choose to explore beyond your backyard, please remember to practice social distancing, safe mask wearing, and follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. Happy exploring everyone!

Hello everyone! We're excited to show you how to make a "Minibeast Nature Snail" for this week's "Nature at Home" series...
08/17/2020

Hello everyone! We're excited to show you how to make a "Minibeast Nature Snail" for this week's "Nature at Home" series! A ‘minibeast’ is simply a small animal without a backbone and this classification includes spiders, snails, slugs, beetles, centipedes, worms, earwigs, and caterpillars to name a few. To create this project, you'll need a pencil, heavy weight paper or cardboard, scissors, and your choice of small nature items. Let's create a sweet snail that celebrates one of our favorite invertebrates!

To see some of these simple steps, please follow along in the photos below. First, collect your materials. Visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/OI/Documents/June09LandSnails.pdf#search=snail to learn more about snails in Illinois. This article will help you discover images of snails to use as a drawing reference or you can refer to your favorite nature guide. Next, sketch out a snail and carefully cut it out with scissors. Lastly, use your loose nature items to explore pattern and texture as you fill in the spiral of the snail's shell. What nature items helped you form your favorite design? Have you spotted any minibeasts in your own backyard?

We hope you enjoy this "Nature at Home" project and tag us at @lakeviewnaturearea with your new snail! Be well, friends and stay tuned this week for additional activities that celebrate the amazing world of minibeasts!

Sunday sunset over the prairie @lakeviewnaturearea. Have a lovely week everyone!  @ Lakeview Nature Area & Center
08/17/2020

Sunday sunset over the prairie @lakeviewnaturearea. Have a lovely week everyone! @ Lakeview Nature Area & Center

08/15/2020

Happy #nationalhoneybeeday from your friends @lakeviewnaturearea and the Lakeview Nature Area Apiary! We hope you enjoy this video of our honey bees gathered outside their hive entrance. Did you know, the average worker honey bee beats its wings at the rate of 208 to 277 beats per second? That adds up to 12,480 to 16,820 beats per minute!⁣⁣
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We welcome you to see this busy season in person by visiting our apiary. The apiary is located in the south field, that is accessible by way of the Conner’s Creek Bridge located directly behind the Lakeview Nature Center. The apiary is fenced and located to the east once you cross the bridge. As a reminder, while @macombparks are open, our nature center and restrooms are not. On your visit, please remember to practice social distancing, safe mask wearing, and follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. Bee well, friends!

Tonight!
08/14/2020

Tonight!

Bring the family out for Veterans Drive In: Captain Marvel 📽

Happening TONIGHT at Veterans Park 😎 8:00pm

Don't forget about the costume contest, open to all ages 🤗

Hello everyone! We're back again with another FREE Friday nature printable! Today, we have a "Nature Jumble" that featur...
08/14/2020

Hello everyone! We're back again with another FREE Friday nature printable! Today, we have a "Nature Jumble" that features a beautiful monarch butterfly! Print off the sheet, cut along the solid lines, mix up your pieces, and re-assemble to create this magnificent migrator!

Print off the nature jumble by clicking this download link:https://macombparkdistrict.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Monarch-Nature-Jumble.pdf

If you're without a printer at home, draw a monarch, use your coloring materials to bring it to life, and then cut it up to create your own nature jumble!

Happy exploring and tag us at @lakeviewnaturearea with highlights from your monarch nature jumble! We hope everyone enjoys a relaxing and nature-filled weekend! Be well, friends!

This week we’re celebrating the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and we’re excited to share a new edition of “Nature...
08/12/2020

This week we’re celebrating the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and we’re excited to share a new edition of “Nature Explorers” that focuses on discovering the life cycle of the “Magnificent Monarch” and some of the plants it depends on for survival. Head outside with your family and try to spot some of these beautiful fliers and a few of their favorite blooms! What other butterflies and caterpillars did you discover? ⁣

To learn more about this amazing butterfly, its migratory journey, and the plants it depends on please visit: https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/education/Pages/monarchgen.aspx and https://monarchjointventure.org/resources/faq

Tag @lakeviewnaturearea and @macombparks with your magnificent monarch discoveries! Your can also visit our Facebook Story for this “Nature Explorers” edition that you can screenshot and share to your own Story as a way to mark off your discoveries. If you choose to explore beyond your backyard, please remember to practice social distancing, safe mask wearing, and follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC. Happy exploring everyone!

Whose hiding under this milkweed leaf @lakeviewnaturearea? Swipe to see a hungry monarch caterpillar and a tiny monarch ...
08/11/2020

Whose hiding under this milkweed leaf @lakeviewnaturearea? Swipe to see a hungry monarch caterpillar and a tiny monarch egg. We love trying to spot them on the milkweed throughout the prairie...it’s one of our favorite scavenger hunts! ⁣

Have you spotted any monarch caterpillars in your backyard, neighborhood or your favorite park? Tag us @lakeviewnaturearea with your monarch discoveries! @ Lakeview Nature Area & Center

Hello everyone! We're excited to show you how to make a set of "Monarch Metamorphosis Stones" for this week's "Nature at...
08/10/2020

Hello everyone! We're excited to show you how to make a set of "Monarch Metamorphosis Stones" for this week's "Nature at Home" series! To create this project, you'll need four pebbles and a permanent marker. Let's create a set of story stones that celebrates the amazing life cycle of these beautiful butterflies!

To see some of these simple steps, please follow along in the photos below. First, collect your materials. Visit: https://monarchjointventure.org/monarch-biology/life-cycle or your favorite nature guide to discover more about the life cycle of the monarch. You'll need to find an image of a monarch egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly as a drawing reference. Lastly, use your permanent marker to draw each life cycle stage onto your four pebbles. Feel free to use your choice of drawing materials. While stones work well, we also love the idea of using small wood rounds, leaves, and bark to record the monarch's metamorphosis. What is your favorite stage in their life cycle? Have you spotted a monarch butterfly or caterpillar in your own backyard?

We hope you enjoy this "Nature at Home" project and tag us at @lakeviewnaturearea with your new monarch metamorphosis stones! Be well, friends and stay tuned this week for additional activities that celebrate the magnificent monarch butterfly!

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10050 N 1500th Rd
Macomb, IL
61455

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Monday 07:30 - 19:30
Tuesday 07:30 - 19:30
Wednesday 07:30 - 19:30
Thursday 07:30 - 19:30
Friday 07:30 - 19:30
Saturday 07:30 - 19:30
Sunday 07:30 - 19:30

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Welcome to the Lakeview Nature Area

LAKEVIEW NATURE AREA: A Place to Enjoy and Experience Nature

Welcome to the Lakeview Nature Area

The 80 acres of land and prairie preserved here supports a unique assemblage of plant and animal life. Once farmland, the property was purchased by the Macomb Park District in 1968 with a federal grant administered through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Over the course of the next 20 years, the land was shaped into what we see today with the opening of the Nature Center in 1998, built through the assistance of a grant from the Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Program. The 55 acres of restored tallgrass prairie with accompanying nature trails celebrates a return to the landscape that once flourished in this area prior to Illinois’ conversion to agriculture. Woodlands sur- round the open prairie and increase the diversity of plants and animals found here. All year-round, there is something new to experience on the prairie and we encourage you to come back often to enjoy what the changing seasons bring!

DURING YOUR VISIT

Please help us maintain the Nature Area by following these good sense rules:


  • The trails are open from dawn to dusk.

  • Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash and you must clean up after them.

  • Take pictures instead of picking flowers and share your adventures with us! (#lakeviewnaturearea,#macombparks)

  • Visitors are encouraged to stay on the trails as much as possible.

  • Please—no littering.
  • PRESERVING THIS BENEFICIAL HABITAT

    The Macomb Park District is committed to maintaining Lakeview’s natural area and preserving the restored tallgrass prairie. This area promotes biodiversity, offers sanctuary to wildlife, experiential education opportunities, and provides an opportunity to explore a natural setting for Macomb residents and visitors to West Central Illinois.

    We encourage you to learn more about the prairie, trees, birds, and insects that call the Lakeview Nature Area home from our interpretive panels. Pick a bench and take a few minutes to rest and restore your body and mind, explore the prairie and get some exercise walking the trails, and visit our Nature Center for added enrichment. In addition to rental opportunities, we also host field trips for students and scouting groups.

    Learn more about the Macomb Park District, our events calendar, and upcoming programs at Lakeview Nature Area by visiting our pages: Macomb Park District and Lakeview Nature Area and Web Page: http://macombparkdistrict.com

    CONTACTS: Macomb Park District: 309-833-4562

    Macomb Park District Security: 309-333-4268

    Email: [email protected]

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    Our last project together. What did you think Natalie?
    Hi! I was wondering if you had any activities planned for Friday Aug. 11th? I am looking for something fun and local for my 4 and 6 year old to do the last Friday before school starts :) Thank you!