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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!


FREE Eco-Lecture Series

We are pleased to present this new series geared for adults. Teens (ages 12+) interested in the topics are welcome to join. Local experts will share information about ecological subjects and provide action steps we can take towards making positive eco-improvements at home. Lectures are free, but registration is required. Click the topic name to be brought directly to the registration page and for more information.

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Decluttering Without the Dumpster (Virtual)

Thursday, January 206:30-7:30pm

Presented by Kay McKeen of SCARCE

Looking to downsize or declutter to start out the new year? Learn how to minimize your impact on the planet while minimizing your possessions. We’ll go over where to donate, what to recycle, and how to safely dispose of items as you clean out at home.

Growing Native Flowers at Home

Thursday, February 36:30-7:30pm

Presented by Bruce Blake of Prairie Wind Native Plants

Learn how to garden with native plants and bring butterflies and birds to your home. We will show you how to start your own native garden from seeds. Participants will also take home seeds to grow from a professional native nursery.

Three Things

to Help Birds

Thursday, February 176:30-7:30pm

Presented by Denis Kania

Join Denis and learn a few things you can do at home to help support birds that utilize our suburban areas. As global bird populations continue to drop, we can help improve their chances for survival.

Introducing Go

Green Glen Ellyn

Thursday, February 246:30-7:30pm

Presented by Jacquelyn Casazza and Karin Daly

It’s not easy to be green but it can be with community support. Learn more about Go Green Glen Ellyn - a new environmental community group that is dedicated to meeting you wherever you are in your journey towards being greener. Find out how you can “Learn,” “Do,” and “Participate” to create a greener and more sustainable community. The session will introduce Go Green Glen Ellyn and we will talk about simple ways to green up your life and your village, plus discuss your ideas as well.

Veggies in Pots

Thursday, March 36:30-7:30pm

Presented by Ana Vitek, horticulturalist

Growing food in containers is a great way to eat local and healthy, while reducing your carbon footprint and creating beautiful spaces. Ana will share tips and examples of a variety of veggies and herbs that do well in our zone.

Saving Butterflies

Thursday, March 106:30-7:30pm

Presented by DuPage Monarch Project

Learn tips for butterfly friendly gardens! Discover the easy steps for turning your garden and yard into safe havens for butterflies.

Shedding Light on the Dark

Thursday, March 246:30-7:30pm

Presented by Adam Kreuzer, Delegate with International Dark-Sky

Learn what you can do at home to reduce outdoor light pollution. Adam will guide us to what fixtures, bulbs and other measures we should consider to save and protect our beautiful night sky.


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, January 149 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Hidden Lake Forest PreserveMeet by the restrooms on the north half of the parking lot.
Friday, February 189 a.m. to 10 a.m.Churchill Woods Forest PreserveMeet at the George Ball tennis courts.
Friday, March 189 a.m. to 10 a.m.Ackerman ParkMeet by the playground.

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
January 8, 20229:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Churchill Park271 St. Charles Road
February 12, 20229:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Ackerman Park800 St. Charles Road
March 12, 20229:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.Glen Ellyn Manor Park375 Illinois Street

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.


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