The Elmhurst Park District is dedicated to protecting and improving the natural environment and offers educational programming for the community through a partnership with Oakbrook Terrace Park District's Lakeview Nature Center, so the next generation can become stewards of the environment. According to Chicago Wilderness, a regional alliance dedicated to protecting nature, “Research has demonstrated that time spent in nature fosters the healthy development of children. Outdoor play helps children manage stress and become resilient. Natural spaces stimulate children's limitless imaginations and foster creativity. Children who connect with nature may be more inventive and better problem-solvers due to the hands-on learning that local nature provides.” The Elmhurst Park District is committed to helping children explore the outdoors.