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Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

25055 South Walnut Lane, Channahon, IL 60410


Located near where the Des Plaines, DuPage and Kankakee Rivers meet to form the Illinois River, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon is an inclusive, beautiful and safe setting for memorable indoor and outdoor experiences.

A model of green architecture, this Forest Preserve District of Will County visitor center provides opportunities to explore fascinating nature exhibits and offers comfortable, scenic spots to rest. The visitor center has accreditation from the National Inclusion Project, which means it has met the standards set by the organization for inclusive practices for individuals with disabilities. The All-Persons Trail around the exterior of the building includes textured strips for sight impaired visitors, trailside sensory kiosks and panels that interpret different habitats, and wayfinding signs to make the site more user friendly.

In addition, handheld reading devices are now available at this visitor center for the visually impaired. The interior features a 2,000-gallon fish tank stocked with catfish, black crappie, smallmouth bass, bluegill and walleye; a "Mussel Masquerade" exhibit that explains the species' interesting reproductive techniques; and an exterior, oversized bird feeder/birdbath combination designed to draw the many birds that visit the surrounding McKinley Woods preserve. Four Rivers also is a popular, award-winning venue for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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