Severson Dells Nature Center has provided nature education to people of all ages in northern Illinois for nearly 45 years.
Ann Wasser is the director at Severson Dells. She said the hands-on nature of their education programs helps people learn the process of science.
"They understand what it means to have a hypothesis and test the hypothesis," she said. "It means you have a science-literate public. They understand their role in the environment. They understand the ecosystem services that our natural areas provide and why that's important."