Hours of Operation:
The Hickory Knolls Discovery Center building is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 4 pm. Between 1 pm and 2 pm we close for cleaning of the facility. For holiday hours: click here
During building hours, you can explore our indoor turtle pond and wetland exhibits, say “hello” to our wildlife residents, check out our floor-to-ceiling mural, learn about Ice Age land forms and explore our natural play areas.
The Hickory Knolls Natural Area is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Visitors are encouraged to get outside and enjoy the 130+ acre property and 3+ miles of trails. Explore scenic woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats, discover unique flora and fauna!
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center is a FREE site operated by the St. Charles Park District. There is no admission fee to visit the natural area or the building.
There may be fees associated with some of our programs and events. Please check program descriptions for details.