Knock Knolls Nature Center

Naperville is one step closer to getting its very own environmentally friendly nature center with the groundbreaking at Knoch Knolls Park.

The new nature center will provide a place for people of all ages to learn about the plants and animals that live in the surrounding area.

The center will also house two classrooms, a deck overlooking the pond, and serve as an outlet for teaching the community, especially children, about sustainability and the importance of environmental conservation.

Budgeting the project at about $5.5 million, the Naperville Park District has received a portion of that money from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Other improvements to the park include a new, permeable paver parking lot, multi-use trails, and expansions to the disc golf course, a renovated canoe launch, and a nature playground.

The center is scheduled to open in September of 2014.

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