Less than 10 miles away from Vital Wellness Center in the town of Elburn, IL, the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center is situated about 45 miles west of Chicago and is settled at the edge of 130 acres of oak woodlands, wetlands, and prairies. The facility offers visitors an unusual combination of nature and contemporary amenities. Hickory Knolls is a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility that offers fantastic views and an inviting open floor plan.
Hickory Knolls is the perfect place to host family gatherings or celebrate special occasions such as weddings or anniversaries. Exchange romantic “I do’s” in a beautiful outdoor ceremony with tall oak trees as your backdrop, or profess your love to your spouse beneath the rustic outdoor pavilion that showcases a beautiful stone fireplace. If an indoor celebration is what you’re looking for, you can do so at the Exhibit Hall or the customizable Twinleaf Rooms. The very spacious lobby boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that create a framed view of the gorgeous oak savanna just outside and a ceiling that soars more than 20 feet in height. Hickory Knolls is the perfect place to provide your guests with a wonderful cocktail hour party experience.
The appeal of Hickory Knolls is not limited to just weddings or other grand celebrations. It also offers visitors a wide variety of outdoor attractions that people of all ages can enjoy including an indoor turtle pond, a wetland exhibit, live animal displays, and interactive floor-to-ceiling murals. The facility is the perfect place to celebrate birthdays, graduations, quinceaneras, and more.
There are also seasonal programs designed for children of different ages. For example, Twinleaf Tales offers a nature-inspired story time which is provided by the St. Charles Public Library for children ages one and up. Kids can go outside to play at the Hickory Hideout nature play area when the program is finished. Kids aged 1-5 can join the Wee Wonders nature discovery program that includes stories, nature hikes, games, and songs with a different theme offered each month.