The new Prairie Oaks Forest Preserve, 7535 Cherry Valley Rd. opened October 12th, 2012. This 43 acre nature area was purchased by the DeKalb County Forest Preserve District with a grant partnership from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation. The Conservation Foundation also assisted in this land preservation effort. Oak savannah, wetland, fen, stream, prairie and forest habitat is featured at this diverse natural resource area. Hiking trails and picnic areas at Prairie Oaks Forest Preserve will give visitors beautiful views of the landscape. In addition, outdoor activities such as bird watching, nature photography, and environmental educational studies make Prairie Oaks a great place to enjoy a close to home day trip.
Pictured in photo: Forest Preserve Natural Resource Manager Al Roloff leads a nature hike at Prairie Oaks with Jolie Krasinski from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Brook McDonald and Dan Lobbes from The Conservation Foundation, Julia Fauci, Forest Preserve District Committee Chair, Michael Haines, former Forest Preserve Committee member and volunteer, Nick Barber, NIU Biological Science Department professor, Donna Prain and Lana Haines from the DeKalb County Community Foundation Land Use Committee and others.