Welcome to Hickory Knolls Discovery Center!
Featuring Fox Valley's Natural Areas
Holiday Facility Hours
Thursday, November 27: Closed
Friday, November 28: 10am-2pm
Why travel to another state, or country, when you can make amazing
discoveries in your own backyard? Designed around the enchanting
theme, "You Don’t Know What You’ve Got…," Hickory Knolls' exhibits
and displays showcase the Fox Valley area’s many natural treasures.
Hickory Knolls is a LEED - or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - certified building, the first of its kind in Kane County. As a LEED-certified building, the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center is a destination in and of itself.
The acronym stands for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, and buildings that receive such
certification must adhere to a number of criteria in both concept and construction.
The 10,500 sq.ft. building features a spacious lobby that soars more
than 20 feet in height, with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of
the oak savanna just outside the doors. A wide range of attractions will
appeal to visitors of all ages.
From its overall architectural design to the materials incorporated throughout the building, the center represents cutting-edge ideas, techniques, and resources that demonstrate and promote sustainability and eco-responsibility. The facility serves as a showcase for green building features as well as a source of ideas for how to make eco-friendly lifestyle choices.