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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

Add beauty to your yard and home, while helping the environment, by purchasing trees and shrubs through the Glen Ellyn Native Tree and Shrub Sale! Over 15 tree species and shrub species are available, ranging from $30-$35 each. Orders must be received by September 18th.

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Plants will be available for pick up from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 26. Pick up takes place at Sunset Park, 483 Fairview Avenue, Glen Ellyn. Plants come in five-gallon containers and should fit in most standard vehicles.


Self-Guided Tours

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

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. Delight in the hundreds of species of native plants and wildflowers, listen for a loud eep! as a Green Frog leaps away from the embankment as you pass, and see if you can spot a muskrat.

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.

Lake Ellyn Interactive Plant Tour

Learn about and connect with Lake Ellyn’s trees! Interactive tree tags will soon be installed on legacy trees (represented by the green tree symbols on the map) throughout the park, allowing visitors to learn detailed information about each tree. Simply scan the QR code on the tree’s tag with your smartphone or tablet. Be sure to click on the target icon to show your location. At home? Browse the collection using the online map. The Lake Ellyn Interactive Plant Tour was generously funded thanks to an anonymous donation.


Guided Nature Walks

Come out and enjoy the beauty of Glen Ellyn!

FREE Adult 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. Due to COVID-19, we are requiring registration and group size is limited to 9 people. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part. View upcoming walks >

Family Nature Walks

Our naturalist will guide your group for an hour-long hike along the trails or grounds of Ackerman, Churchill or Maryknoll Park! During the walk, they’ll highlight seasonal ecological and site-specific features. You can schedule a walk for either weekdays or weeknights. Please note, these walks are limited to nine people or less from the same household.

Make your reservation today by contacting Renae Frigo at (630) 858-6037 x 6006 or rfrigo@gepark.org. The fee is $20 per group for residents ($30 for nonresidents). 


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. 

You can make a reservation by contacting Renae Renae Frigo at rfrigo@gepark.org.


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