Twelve Hills Nature Center is a 5-acre urban preserve created in 2004 on land where apartments once stood. The land is being restored to a Blackland Prairie ecosystem. Nature programs for preschool children and the community are held monthly or more. In-depth programs are conducted for elementary and middle school children attending the adjacent Rosemont Primary, Elementary and Middle Schools. Teachers use the area as an outdoor classroom. The goal is to familiarize visitors and school children with wild areas so they can understand and learn about their functions and value. In this way a sense of environmental stewardship is cultivated.