After attending their “Slithering Snakes” presentation, my family decided to tour the rest of the Burr Oak Woods Facility.
I have to admit, even though it is a small building, it is packed with child-oriented activities from which my babies did not want to be taken!
They have the usual indoor play areas, like a nature themed slide and clubhouse (check out that acorn-shaped balcony), and an activity area with nature themed books and coloring pages.
This facility also features an all-season room next to the outdoor wild-bird habitat. This room contains a small flip-chart field guide to local birds, as well as a few actual field guides (not to be removed from the facility).
Im guessing some of the outdoor-events are sponsored in this room, because there is a sink right next to the door that I spotted right as I was exiting.
Their hummingbird feeders were much frequented, but I wasn’t able to focus my iPhone camera on the fast moving hummingbirds. However, they were certainly there! I found myself quite jealous-we just put ours up and have yet to attract anything other than disappointment.
They also have quite a few Vivariums (Terrariums designed to mimic the occupants natural environment) that house local snakes (both venomous and non-venomous) as well as other reptiles.
Overall, if you were to rate this facility based on fun activities centered on nature education, I give it a 5 out of 5, easily. My kids never once told me they were bored, and they did not want to leave. Even though we last went a month ago, they are still asking me to take them (baby girl is almost here, thats the only reason we haven’t gone again).
As you walk through the door, the “closer look” display has a close-up picture of an animal or plant (you have to guess what is described), which you then turn to reveal the identity of the object in question.
To the right of the entrance is a wall of literature for those interested, hosting a variety of topics including “best camping, best fishing, best foraging sites,” etc, “how to attract hummingbirds (apparently I don’t have any because my feeder wasn’t out during mating season), as well as a comprehensive guide for “fishing prospects” that is updated yearly based on ongoing research and data, among other things (by comprehensive, I mean it felt like a book).
You can also hike the nature trails nearby, where you will certainly not be disappointed by the variety of wild-life that live in this 2,000 acre conservation site.
So if you are looking for something to do this summer, check out the Burr Oaks conservation center, there is something there for everyone!