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Natural Areas Lyman Woods and the Belmont Prairie


Lyman Woods The William F. Sherman, Jr. Interpretive Center is located at 901 31st Street.


New Fall Interpretive Center Hours beginning September 1st! Monday.....................Closed Tuesday-Thursday......9:00 am - 4:00 pm & Saturday


Friday........................9:00 am - 12:00 pm Sunday .....................1:00 - 4:00 pm Refer to www.dgparks.org for Summer hours of operation. Grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk.


The Interpretive Center is a starting point for your exploration of more than 150 acres of old- and second-growth oak woods, meadow, and marsh. Hike more than two miles of marked trails to discover more than 400 species of plants, three kames, white-tailed deer, great horned owls, red fox, coyote, Cooper’s hawks and more. The most outstanding feature is 19 acres of virtually undisturbed oak woods existing since the Lyman family purchased the land in 1839. The purchase of the many parcels that make up Lyman Woods represents the cooperative efforts of the Forest Preserve


District of DuPage County, the Downers Grove Park District, the Village of Downers Grove, and many dedicated individuals. For more information about Lyman Woods, please call 630.963.9388.


PLEASE NOTE: to ensure the continued preservation of Lyman Woods, dogs, bikes and motorized vehicles are not allowed. Thank you for your cooperation.


T.I.M.B.E.R. Packs Check out a TIMBER Pack to help you explore Lyman Woods! TIMBER Packs contain tools like magnifiers, bug boxes, identification guides, and activities for your family or group to use free of charge. Choose from Trees, Insects, Mammals, Birds, or Early Residents. Check out your pack during Interpretive Center hours with a valid driver’s license.


Group Program Opportunities at Lyman Woods Bring your group to Lyman Woods for an unforgettable outdoor adventure! Our educational programs have been designed for many audiences including schools, homeschoolers, scouts, and youth groups. Please visit the Natural Areas page at


www.dgparks.org or call 630.963.9388 for program and registration information.


Belmont Prairie Belmont Prairie is a 25-acre site including one of the last original prairies in Illinois. Located west of the Downers Grove Golf Course at Cross Street and Haddow Avenue, the prairie supports more than 300 species of plants, eight species of mammals, four species of reptiles and amphibians, and numerous birds. A dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve, Belmont Prairie is an educational resource for residents of Downers Grove and surrounding communities. Belmont Prairie is open every day from dawn to dusk.


Special thanks... ...to the Grove Foundation for Recreation for their support of the St. Mary’s fifth grade Wetlands Education Program, and to the Pierce Downer Heritage Alliance, Grove Foundation for Recreation, and Education Foundation for their support of the School District 58 first grade Little Sprouts program. Both programs are designed to support local school district science curriculum.


OUTDOOR NATURE EEXPLORATIONS


xplore the great outdoors by taking


part in a program at Lyman Woods! Portions of programs will be held outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather. In case of inclement weather, classes will be held indoors. Shorts, sandals, and strollers are discouraged. In the rare event that a class is canceled due to severe weather, we will attempt to contact you as soon as possible.


Volunteer Opportunities at Our Natural Areas LHiking Patrol


R.E.A.P. (Restore, Educate and Preserve) is a volunteer group dedicated to restoring and protecting the Downers Grove Park District’s natural areas. Land management workdays are held on selected Saturdays from 8:00 - 10:30 am. VOLUNTEERS MUST REGISTER AT LEAST ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE OF THE SCHEDULED WORKDAY. Volunteer workdays can be arranged for organized groups upon request.


R.E.A.P. Volunteer Workdays


Belmont Prairie September 17 & October 15 Lyman Woods


Fall Workdays November 19


Interested in volunteering with our hiking patrol program or at volunteer workdays? Contact Pat Semple at 630.963.1300 or psemple@dgparks.org for more information.


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ove to hike? Want to spend more time outdoors? Hiking Patrol volunteers help us maintain


our beautiful natural areas by hiking the trails at Lyman Woods and the Belmont Prairie. Pairs of volunteers work together to inspect trails, report trail conditions, and answer frequently asked questions from fellow hikers.


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