Connecting Children And Adults With The Wonders of Nature

We promote, facilitate, and strengthen the bond between the nature environments in the New Trier Township and the children and adults who wish to enrich their lives with direct experiences in nature.

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How we impact our community

Exposure to the natural world has enormous benefits – cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual – for our health and the healthy development of our children. Yet there has been a growing divide between people and nature.

BackYard Nature Center provides crucial programs and resources to reconnect residents of New Trier Township with nature, including educational programs with our schools, opportunities for community service through habitat restoration, the promotion of nature play and outdoor recreation, and advice for creating a more natural habitat in your own backyard.

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Habitat Restoration & Stewardship


The activities planned were meaningful, fun, and powerful learning opportunities.

I will forever be in awe of your ability to plan age-appropriate activities that seamlessly integrated other skills (math, writing, in addition to ecology/science/nature).

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From The Blog

Read the latest BackYard Nature Center member perspectives, environmental articles, and stay current on past newsletter publications.

27 Oct 2017
Sunday Breakfast with Daniel Kielson

While growing up in Rochester, New York, Daniel Kielson could have hit the sidewalks or trampled leaves and twigs through a park for his 15-minute walk to school each day. It was an easy choice. The park, always the park….

18 Feb 2018
Early Winter 2018 Newsletter

Education and Nature Play BYNC continued working with our local partners to connect children and adults with the wonders of nature through education and nature play events… We brought a Pop-Up Nature Play Area to winter Let’s Play day BYNC…

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