Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wilderness Wednesday - Fullersburg Woods

We try to get our family out into nature as much as possible.  Last week one of the forest preserves we visited was Fullersburg Woods.

Fullersburg Woods multipurpose trail and Salt Creek
Fullersburg Woods opened to the public in 1920 and has a rich history. In the 1930s, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp was built here, and the visitor center and several of the shelters stand as remnants of that period. In subsequent years, the preserve was so heavily used that in 1969 picnicking was restricted, and boating was prohibited because sewage discharges and water runoff from surrounding communities polluted Salt Creek.


It was this time that Fullersburg’s revival began. Dedicated to multiple-use land management, the District implemented plans to restore and preserve the natural surroundings, improve flood control, and provide environmental education. As a result, the creek's water quality has improved, trees and other plant communities are thriving, and a restored prairie adds to the preserve's diversity. Today, Fullersburg Woods is a prime wildlife haven in an urban environment, hosting a variety of woodland wildlife, nesting songbirds, and spring and fall migratory birds, especially warblers.

In addition to 222 acres of forest preserve, other features include:
• Oak woodlands and Salt Creek habitat - beavers, red foxes, herons, egrets, migratory birds, songbirds, wildflowers
• Nature Education Center open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. except select holidays
• Graue Mill and Museum, Graue House and Fuller House
• Picturesque view of Salt Creek from benches in southern section of preserve
• Access to fishing spots along Salt Creek
• Put-in and take-out access for paddlers south of Graue Mill
• 6 miles of multipurpose trail (part of which is used for the Oakbrook Half Marathon)

Munchkin trying to identify some local scat.
We had a nice walk and then spent some time exploring the nature center.  After climbing up into a treehouse and checking out lots of cool exhibits including a wooly mammoth skeleton and live stick bugs, we bundled up the boys and headed out to the deck for a picnic lunch.

Enjoying the view off the deck
With our fix of nature and fresh air, it was off to school for Munchkin and naptime for the rest of us:).

Do you have a favorite forest preserve?


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4 comments:

  1. Looks like a really pretty place to get to go and play! I used to go to the Beartooth Mountains all the time to hike. I am thinking when the kids get bigger we will be going there a lot. So pretty!

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  2. We're lucky to have some forest preserves with easy trails for the little ones!

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  3. Looks like a great spot. Getting out and hiking w/ the kids is probably our favorite family activity. Our state park is nearby and is huge, so we are always discovering new areas there.

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  4. Sounds like a great place. I love the forest preserves. Busse Woods near Schaumburg are my favorite!

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