Search for wildlife and learn about restoration efforts at a free guided nature walk

Meet for relaxed, guided walks around Glen Ellyn parks and preserve this winter and spring.

Learn about the efforts underway to improve the natural features, while also searching for interesting plants and wildlife. Walks range from 1 hour to 1.5 hours and will be held rain, snow or shine.

Led by the Glen Ellyn Park District's naturalist, Renae Frigo, the "Guided Nature Walk" series is free to attend and open to ages 18 and up. No registration is required.

• On Wednesday, Jan. 23, join a long walk around the perimeter of Village Green Park and the trails of Lambert Lake Nature Preserve from 9 to 10 a.m. Learn about the community garden plots at Village Green and efforts the Village is taking to improve the ecological health of the Lambert Lake area. Meet at Village Green Park, 130 S. Lambert Road. Please meet outside of the main garage/concession building.

• From 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, participants will walk the perimeter of Maryknoll Park, while explaining efforts to recreate an oak savanna habitat, convert a large section of the park into native prairie, enhance gardens for butterflies and pollinators, and improve the health of the small ponds and wetlands on site. The park district is working to enhance natural features of this park. Meet near the pavilion in the smaller parking lot at 845 Pershing Ave.

• On Wednesday, March 20, join a walk from 9 to 10:30 a.m. along the river to search for wildlife, then along the outskirts of Churchill Prairie Nature Preserve. Churchill Woods Nature Preserve is a wonderful asset to the Glen Ellyn and Lombard area. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has done a great job of enhancing sections of "Babcock Grove" where some massive oaks can be found. Meet in the far eastern parking lot at Churchill Woods Nature Preserve.

• On Wednesday, April 17, walk the trails through woodland, prairie and wetland ecosystems and learn about the plants and animals that call Churchill Park home from 9 to 10 a.m. It is a 23-acre natural area sandwiched between Geneva and St. Charles Road. Meet in the main parking lot on St. Charles Road, located just east of Bloomingdale Road.

For more information, please visit the Glen Ellyn Park District's website at

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