Thorn Creek Nature Center
Park Forest, Ill. 60466
Cost: Free, programs extra
Hours: Grounds: Dawn to dusk daily. Nature Center: Noon-4 p.m. Friday-Sundaycheck website for nature center hours
Thorn Creek offers over 3 miles of wooded trails where visitors can see birds, deer and squirrels. There are educational displays, including a kid's science corner and bird view window.