Volo Bog State Natural Area Sets Record Attendance December 15, 2010 Volo Bog State Natural Area Sets Record Attendance
On Saturday, November 20, 2010, Volo Bog State Natural Area in northeastern Illinois broke record attendance and burst through the 90,000 annual visitors mark. And the year still had six weeks to go! This Illinois Department of Natural Resources site's prior annual attendance record was set just last year with a year-end count of 89,900 visitors. This year, with just over two weeks to go, the site is on track to hit 95,000 visitors. While this doesn't compare with the state's larger, more use-intense parks, it does show a growing need for quiet natural areas for hiking, picnicking, exploring, learning and just plain bonding with the natural world.
Volo Bog State Natural Area is home to the state's only remaining open-water quaking bog. Here, tamarack trees, carnivorous plants and other rare vegetation grow on a floating mat of soil atop an old glacial lake. A floating boardwalk takes visitors safely through five concenetric vegetational zones to overlook the open water pond - all that remains of the old lake.
In 1973, as the southern-most open-water quaking bog in North America, Volo Bog was designated a National Natural Landmark. In years to come, as visitor numbers approach 100,000 at this unique IDNR site, staff and volunteers will continue to provide an experience of discovering someplace "off the beaten path" at Volo Bog State Natural Area.
Visit http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R2/VOLOBOG.HTM, www.FriendsofVoloBog.org and http://www.nature.nps.gov/nnl/ (look under Quick Links - National Natural Landmarks Guide, by state)