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Nature

We are fortunate to have several incredible outdoor spaces in the Glen Ellyn area. This is why we have developed a variety of activities centered around just getting out and enjoying nature!


Earth Day Symposium Videos

Watch webinar recordings from the virtual 2021 Earth Day Symposium here.


Free Garden Talks

Do you like to garden? Are you looking for ideas and examples to try in your landscape? Join us for free 30-minute talks in June, July, and August to learn about featured plants and their attributes. All talks will be led by park personnel or a member of the Village’s Environmental Commission. Learn more »


Native Tree & Shrub Sale

Every September, native trees and shrubs are available to pre-order at a reasonable price ($30-$35) through the Glen Ellyn Native Tree & Shrub Sale. These plants adds beauty and shade to your yard, and turn it into a haven for wildlife. Fall is a great time to plant so roots can get established before winter’s cold weather. Learn more >


Self-Guided Tours

Explore natural and restoration areas in your community parks with a self-guided tour.

Lake Ellyn Interactive Tree and Demonstration Garden Tours

Learn about and connect with Lake Ellyn’s trees and get to know the plants featured in the demonstration garden! Lake Ellyn Park is nestled in the heart of Glen Ellyn at 645 Lenox Road.  Learn more >

Churchill Park Tours

No swingsets or slides here! What you’ll find is more than 23 acres of woodland, wetland, prairie, trails, and boardwalks. Take a self-guided journey through this living landscape, located at 271 St. Charles Road, to enjoy some sunshine and recharge. Download the tours >

Ackerman Woods Tours

To access the woodland loop trail at Ackerman Park, park in the main lot of Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center. Then head back towards St. Charles Road by following the sidewalk along the entrance road.  The wood-chipped trail is on the west side of the park entrance road, across from Parkview Church. Download the tours >

Village Green Demonstration Garden Tour

The Village Green Park gardens consist of four raised beds next to the baseball field’s centrally-located shelter. These beds will a large collection of native and perennial plants, grouped by color, to demonstrate how diverse plants can co-exist for a great garden. Learn about the plants >


Guided Nature Walks

Join us for a stroll through local natural areas! You’ll learn a bit about seasonal nature happenings while also getting some exercise. Walks will take place rain or shine. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part.

DateTimeLocationWhere to Meet
Friday, August 279:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Hidden Lake Forest PreserveMeet near the restroom which is located near the left/north section of the parking lot.
Friday, September 109:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.Maryknoll ParkMeet at the first pavilion as you enter the park.

Nature Education Programs

We offer nature discovery experiences year-round! Children, teens, and adults can connect with nature in our hands-on programs. We offer fun programs on trees, birds of prey, mammals, insects, native plants, and more. Camps are also available during the summer.


Restoration Workdays

Help care for natural areas in your community parks! Workdays are a great way to spend time outdoors while giving back to the environment. We meet up once a month to remove nonnative plants, pick up litter, maintain trails, collect seeds, plant trees and flowers, and more. Activities vary by season and location. Email rfrigo@gepark.org for more information. Best for ages 8 and up.

DateTimeLocationAddress
August 14, 20219am-11amLake Ellyn Park645 Lenox Road
September 11, 20219am-11amChurchill Park271 St. Charles Road
October 9, 20219am-11amGlen Ellyn Manor Park375 Illinois Street
November 13, 20219am-11amMaryknoll Park845 Pershing Avenue
December 11, 20219am-11amChurchill Park271 St. Charles Road

Greener Glen Ellyn

The Glen Ellyn Park District strives to be an eco-friendly leader in the Glen Ellyn community. Our goals are to protect and enhance the environment and natural resources and to motivate the public through the District’s example. That is why we’ve created the Greener Glen Ellyn online resource center! Here, you can learn about environmental issues impacting our community and ways to be “greener” at home.


Wildlife Rehabilitation

Glen Ellyn Park District is not equipped or licensed to accept injured, ill, or orphaned birds/animals. But, we’re lucky to have the DuPage County Forest Preserve’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a native wildlife rehabilitation facility, located right here in Glen Ellyn! They are a wonderful resource for information and can connect rescuers with rehabilitators.

Web: www.dupageforest.org/willowbrook-wildlife-center
Phone: (630) 942-6200