Plan your wedding with us

Beauty and serenity come to mind when you choose to hold your wedding at one of our top-notch facilities.

Creek Bend Nature Center, located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, is an ideal location to hold your wedding. This gorgeous home dates back to the 1930s and will provide a beautiful backdrop for your event.


The inside features our Nature Center, full kitchen, restrooms and 3 unique rooms for your guests to peruse. Many choose to have their cocktail hour inside of the house. If you are having a smaller wedding, our Savanna Room provides seats for up to 56 guests.


Outside, you have the choice of setting up a tent for your guests (unlimited number) to enjoy for your reception.


The Barbara Belding Lodge at Brewster Creek Forest Preserve was extensively renovated in 2009. The 27-acre property opened in January 2010. It has a rustic, cozy feel to it and features a heavily wooded area behind the Lodge, where your guests can enjoy amazing scenic views.



Inside of the Lodge, features a large room on the main floor, which holds up to 112 guests, as well as a catering kitchen, outdoor deck, restrooms and 2 rooms on the lower level.


To arrange a showing and for more information on either facility, call 630-444-3064 or e-mail

Resolution: Spend more time outdoors

The bitter cold January days have many people cooped up inside their house. There’s no better time to get out in the preserves and breathe in some fresh air. Make it your New Year’s resolution to spend more time outdoors, despite the weather.

Get your 10,000 steps in during our “Trek with a Naturalist” nature program. During this brisk hike, we’ll take an invigorating hike at Burnidge Forest Preserve. A naturalist will interpret the ecology of the preserve, as we hike. This program is for ages 18 and up. Join us on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 9-11 a.m.

To register and for more information, call 630-444-3190 or e-mail

Burnidge Forest Preserve is located at 38W235 Big Timber Rd., Elgin.


Photo by Naturalist Erica Lemon