Prairieview Education Center

Prairieview Education Center serves thousands of McHenry County residents annually by offering free and low-cost nature programs, summer camps, school field studies, and nature-themed birthday parties for kids.


About Prairieview Education Center

Prairieview Education Center’s backdrop is the scenery of Silver Creek Conservation Area and its expansive acreage of wetland, prairie and savanna communities. The wide open view highlights a mixture of native grasses and colorful wildflowers, including compass plants, coneflowers, and many species of asters. The woodlands and savannas feature grand oak and hickory trees that invite a wide variety of songbirds, hawks, and owls to fly among the branches while deer, coyote and an occasional red fox travel below. Sedge meadows and fens located along Silver Creek, within a designated Illinois Nature Preserve, provide habitat for saturated soil loving plants such as marsh marigolds and skunk cabbage, as well as a number of species of frogs, salamanders, snakes and turtles.

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