Forest Preserves of Cook County hosts 5 guided nature walks to celebrate 25 Illinois Nature Preserves

information provided by the Forest Preserves of Cook County

BURNHAM, Ill. (October 23, 2019) – In honor of the dedication of the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s 25th nature preserve, the public is invited to attend guided walks at five of the Forest Preserves’ Illinois Nature Preserves.

Busse Forest Nature Preserve is one of the richest and most diverse natural areas in the Forest Preserves, supporting sensitive ferns, hop sedge, and blue flag iris.

  • Saturday, October 26, 9:00am
  • Meet at Busse Forest-North – Grove #2, E Higgins Rd/Rte 72, west of N Arlington Heights Rd near Elk Grove Village
Busse Forest Nature Preserve, May 14, 2019 (Photo: Kris Dapra)

Harms Woods Nature Preserve, a mesic oak woodland, is bisected by the North Branch of the Chicago River and features stunning seasonal wildflower and fall foliage.

  • Saturday, October 26, 9:30am
  • Meet at Glenview Woods, located on Harms Rd, south of Glenview Rd in Glenview.

Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve, a rare remnant black soil prairie, is home to more than 360 native plant species, including the beautiful blooms of prairie dock, Indian plantain, and prairie phlox.

  • Saturday, October 26, 9:00am
  • Meet at Wolf Road Prairie, on 31st St, west of Wolf Road near Westchester

Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve, Summer 2018 (Photo provided)

Cranberry Slough Nature Preserve, cradled by rolling upland woods, is one of a few peat bog ecosystems in the state, a habitat typically found only north of Illinois.

  • Saturday, October 26, 12:00pm
  • Meet at Country Lane Woods, 95th St, east of Flavin Rd/Willow Springs Rd near Willow Springs

Powderhorn Prairie and Marsh Nature Preserve—the only state-dedicated nature preserve within Chicago’s city limits—protects about 250 plant species, 2,500 insects, and numerous bird species in a rolling dune-and-swale landscape.

  • Saturday, October 26, 12:00pm
  • Meet at Powderhorn Lake, S Brainard Ave, east of S Burnham Ave/S Ave O in Burnham.
A Great Egret fishes in the waters of Burnham Prairie, July 2019. (Photo provided)
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