Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Please join Olmsted Society member and Master Steward of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, John Kolar, on a guided nature walk of Waubansee Preserve. Two different walks are available on June 4th:

  • 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM — 1/2 hour walk designed specifically for children in terms of time and content (parents welcome).
  • Noon to 2:00 PM — Two hour walk (children welcome)

Admission is free and snacks are provided

DIRECTIONS: Waubansee Preserve is located two blocks south of Forest Avenue and 1/2 block west of First Avenue (enter Waubansee Street from First Avenue and park on the south side of the street).

This area, and Zoo Woods, were once owned by the Riverside Improvement Company, and was never fully developed prior to the company’s bankruptcy and the subsequent acquisition by the county for incorporation into the Des Plaines River corridor. Both contain remnants of the pre-settlement flora and fauna of the region and, thanks to the hard work of the Riverside Brookfield High School Ecology Club, the Brookfield Zoo, the Natural Gardens and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, are well on their way to full restoration of the richness and diversity of the northern Illinois landscape. Much of the work and many of the tools and resources used came from the Olmsted Society’s generous support of the Ecology Club.

For questions about the Guided Nature Walks or to be added to the Landscape Committee e-list, please contact Landscape Committee Co-Chairs, Holly Machina or Cindy Kellogg at gro.yteicosdetsmlonull@epacsdnal or 447-0226.