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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 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. Tours are available for Lake Ellyn’s trees and demonstration garden, Village Green Park’s demonstration garden, Churchill Park, Ackerman Woods, and Maryknoll Park. Learn more >


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, October 89 a.m. to 10 a.m.Panfish ParkPark in the lot behind the police station at 65 S. Park Blvd.
Friday, November 129 a.m. to 10 a.m.Lambert LakeMeet in the parking lot south of Public Works on Lambert Road.
Friday, December 109 a.m. to 10 a.m.Churchill Woods Forest PreserveMeet in the eastern lot.

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
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