Illinois Department of Natural Resources Public Museum Capital Grant Program

The Fox Valley Park District is proposing to improve the lobby of the Red Oak Nature Center by:

  • Removing the lobby tree exhibit to increase lobby area for additional learning space, gathering and event staging.
  • Replacing the existing lobby fish tank with a more expansive exhibit that will set the tone for the Red Oak Nature Center learning experience by highlighting the theme – “Water Connects Us All.” Specifically, this exhibit which may include new tanks, will address healthy and unhealthy stream and river ecosystems.
  • Upgrade the Augmented Reality sandbox as a reliable interactive guest exhibit that is featured in the lobby.
  • Add a new ceiling to floor light projection system and sound system to expand the sensory nature immersion and learning experience.

We are seeking an $85,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Public Museum Capital Grant Program to fund these improvements.

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