Community Programs

Join us for great community programs.  Most programs meet in the Vollmer Road Parking Lot.  Many programs require pre-registration.  Call for more information.  708-481-2330.

See you at the Oaks!


Mindfulness Walk
4/28/2018 - 10am - 11am

Are you looking for ways to release stress? Spiritual Director and Naturalist Deborah Way will lead you through mindfulness exercises and walking techniques that will refresh your peace and calm your mind.  Please register by April 26.

Location:  Irons Oaks Discovery Center

Fee:         $8R/$10NR

Age:         18+

Family Inclusion Day
5/5/2018 - 10:00am - 11:30am

join in this family event designed for families with a parent or child with a special need(s).  Hike around the pond and learn a bit about raccoons and pond life. Gather at the fire pit for nature tales and camp songs.  Enjoy the camp fire and roasted marshmallows.


Location:  Irons Oaks

Fee:         $8 R/ $10 NR per household

Age:         2-6


Nature Walk
5/5/2018 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Spring is a beautiful and colorful time in the Oaks!  Join a Naturalist for a light nature hike to look for and learn about wildflowers.   Please pre- register

Location:  Irons Oaks Vollmer Road Parking Lot

Age:        18+

Fee:        Free

Family Team Building Day
5/6/2018 - 1:00PM - 5:00PM

Celebrate National Parents Day! Bond with your family and share a different and exciting experience to bring you closer together. Family Team Building Day sets your family up with unique challenges, obstacles and activities outside in our beautiful, shaded woods that is teaming with wildlife.  Will you spot a deer, a hawk or just what makes your family members unique and special to you?  Come and find out! 

Location:  Irons Oaks Vollmer Road Parking Lot

Fee:         $5 per household


Making A Craft For Mom
5/6/2018 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Mother's Day is coming.  Let us help your child make a handmade present for Mom.  Children will choose from several gift crafts of varying difficulties to make.  Gifts will be wrapped before pick up to keep a surprise for Mom.

Location:    Irons Oaks Discovery Center

Fee:           $10R/$12NR

Age:           6-10

Mother & Daughter Tea
5/12/2018 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Calling all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and mothers of the heart.  Come dressed in your finest for an elegant Mother's Day tea.  Activities will include a tea cup raffle, tea bingo and a best dressed hat contest for both adults and children. Please register by Thursday, May 10.

Fee: $10R/$13NR   (per person)

Age:  2+

Native Plant Sale
5/12/2018 - 9:00am - noon

Discover the economics of planting green this spring! Irons Oaks is your place to get locally sourced and grown native plants that enhance the beauty of any landscape and flower bed, while requiring less water and less daily care. A wide variety of plants, shrubs and trees will be available this year. Don’t miss out!!  Our pre-order form is interactive; to view your plant selection, simply click on any link.   Prices are per plant.   Pre-order forms are due by April 13, 2018.

Hiking Illinois
5/24/2018 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Get some good ole' vitamin D while we hike through some of Illinois most beautiful parks and trails.  Hikes will be about 2-3 hours.  Transportation from Irons Oaks provided.

March 21 Izaak Walton Preserve

April 17   Thorn Creek Nature Trails

May 24    Messenger Woods

Location:   Irons Oaks Vollmer Road

Fee:          $10R/$15NR

Age 18+