Park Name & Location: Hawks Hollow Nature Playground, located on the grounds of the Peck Farm Interpretive Center, 4038 Kaneville Road in Geneva. Phone: 630-262-822. The farm is located west of Randall Road, at the corner of Kaneville and Peck roads.
About: Hawks Hollow, which just opened in the fall of 2013, is designed to engage children in environmental learning. The play area features eight interactive learning stations featuring native bird, tree and bug species. There are a child-sized bird nest and beaver lodge, log beam balance course, mud wall canvas a wood stage, log seating, musical instruments, a pulley system and optic scopes for bird-watching. A multi-level treehouse has a spiral slide, climbing cargo nets and a "tree-top eagles nest overlook." There also water features in the warmer months -- a splash area and water in a "creek" that can be manipulated by building structures, moving rocks, etc.
Amenities: Peck Farm Interpretive Center has bathrooms in its nearby Orientation Barn, as well as a visitor's center, observation silo, a 19-acre wetland and miles of nature and bike trails. You can download a map here.