Emily Oaks Nature Center
Skokie, Ill. 60076
Cost: Free, programs extra
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Grounds/trails close at sunset.
Find flying squirrels and turtles as you hike. Some trails are stroller friendly. The Woodland Wander Inn lets kids look for animal tracks, explore a giant tree and see how a squirrel lives. Check out the GPS Treasure Hunt-the nature center provides guidebooks, equipment rental and training.