Wolf Road Prairie - Westchester, IL
Posted by: adgorn
N 41° 50.027 W 087° 54.125
16T E 425097 N 4631714
Quick Description: An Illinois Nature Preserve dedicated as a sanctuary for native vegetation and wildlife, located between the intersections of 31st Street and Constitution Drive, west of Wolf Road in Westchester, Cook County, Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 8/22/2008 1:53:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM4GM7
fr: (visit link
"The 80 acre Wolf Road Prairie Nature Preserve is known for three types of rare native ecosystems: prairie, savanna and wetland. Over 360 species of native plants have been recorded at the preserve - some of these are federal and state threatened and endangered species. More than 130 species of birds use the preserve for migratory stopovers and nesting sites. Wolf Road Prairie is a nominated National Natural Landmark.
This original natural area dates back to the retreat of the last glacier over 12,000 years ago.
Wolf Road Prairie is considered the finest and largest black soil prairie east of the Mississippi River and is ranked globally imperiled according to the Chicago Wilderness Biodiversity Recovery Plan.
The black soil savanna at Wolf Road Prairie is classified as globally critically imperiled according to the Chicago Wilderness Biodiversity Recovery Plan and represents one of only two existing grade B savannas in Illinois. No grade A savannas remain."
Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 80 acres
Is there a trail system?: No
What points of interest are there?:
Stop by the Franzosenbusch Prairie House. The circa 1850's Franzosenbusch Prairie House represents more than 150 years of local history, and is considered the oldest structure in Westchester. Situated at the north end of the original 12,000 to 15,000 year old Wolf Road Prairie, the house serves as the gateway to the preserve. The Prairie House is being restored as a nature center and museum.
What activities are available?:
walking, conservation, nature talks, volunteer activities
Look for geocache GCT7G3 too!
List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
old sidewalks from the 20s, for a housing development that never happened
Dogs Allowed?: No
Is a permit/fee required?: No
Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]
If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.: Not listed
Hours of accessibility?: Not listed
If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.: Not listed
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!
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