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Atwood Center

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Historic Seth B. Atwood Park, commonly referred to as Atwood, encompasses woodland, prairie, river, and marsh habitats. It contains 334 acres of land with approximately one mile of the Kishwaukee River flowing through it. There are a variety of ecosystems, ranging from new forest growth to climax forests of oak, hickory, and walnut, from a marsh area to a large quarry, from a restored prairie to a dry creek bed where students and campers can look for fossils.


The park itself is open to the public 365 days a year, from morning until 10:00 p.m.

Atwood Center is climate-controlled and consists of a large dining area complete with a stone fireplace and beautiful views of the park, two classrooms, a nature display area, two bunk rooms, separate bathrooms and showers, and private teachers’ sleeping and bath quarters. Its overnight capacity is 79.

Atwood Center is open to the public every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a scheduled feeding time for the Birds of Prey at 1:00 pm.

Atwood Center serves as a visitor’s center, providing guests the opportunity to take self-guided hikes through Atwood Park, witness scheduled feeding times at the new Birds of Prey exhibit, and ask questions or interact with Birds of Prey volunteers and Atwood Center staff. These weekend activities will all be offered for free.

Atwood Center is also available for weekend retreats and offers two classrooms, meeting space with dormitories, and optional meal service. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve program dates.

Photo credit: Jesse Fox

Meeting Amenities
  • Hours: Open to the public every Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm with a scheduled feeding time for the Birds of Prey at 1:00 pm.
  • Brief History/Description: The Atwood Environmental Center is the perfect setting for virtually any event. Set among the trees of Atwood Park, the lodge allows for incredible exposure to the outdoors while providing all the comforts of home. With lodging for 75 people, the Atwood Environmental Center provides a beautiful backdrop for a variety of events including (but not limited to): Parties, meetings, retreats, reunions, banquets, special ceremonies, receptions, showers, conferences, and more.