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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!


Native Tree & Shrub Sale

Every August/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 add 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. Tours are available for Lake Ellyn’s trees and demonstration garden, Village Green Park’s demonstration garden, and Maryknoll Park. Learn more >


Nature Walking Club

Bring your sense of adventure and wonder as we explore our natural heritage on local trails. These casual walks will highlight seasonal natural happenings. Walks will take place rain or shine. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part. Free, but registration is required.

DateTopicTimeLocationRegister
Friday, June 17COD Natural Areas Tour9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.College of DuPageRegister »
Friday, July 8Parakeets and a Prairie9 a.m. to 11 a.m.Ackerman ParkRegister »
Friday, August 12Rewilding Lake Ellyn9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Lake Elyn ParkRegister »
Friday, September 9Ponds and Wetlands9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Panfish ParkRegister »

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

Best for ages 8 and up
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 cgutmann@gepark.org for more information. Free, but registration required.

DateTimeLocationRegister
Saturday, June 119:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Maryknoll ParkRegister »
Saturday, July 169:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Ackerman WoodsRegister »
Saturday, August 209:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Churchill ParkRegister »
Saturday, September 179:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Glen Ellyn Manor ParkRegister »

Trail Recommendations

There’s no need to travel great distances to get close to nature. Whether you’re planning an outing with family and friends or venturing out on your own, there are plenty of local trails that provide a great escape. 


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.


Adopt-A-Park

Play an active role in beautifying your parks.

Glen Ellyn has many beautiful parks, natural areas, and open spaces. However, with these wonderful amenities comes the great responsibility of being good public lands stewards. We could use your help caring for our park spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Adoptions are great for any group who wants to have a positive and lasting impact on the environment. Service projects might include picking up litter, spreading mulch, pulling weeds, planting native wildflowers, and reporting vandalism.

People of all ages and walks of life can be an active part of the Adopt-A-Park program. The program is open to individuals, businesses, groups, and other community organizations.


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