Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area & Welcome Center

21950 N. Riverwoods Road Riverwoods, IL 60015

Phone: 847.968.3320

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Ryerson Woods is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This area is one of the best examples of a northern flatwoods forest, a rare northern Illinois landscape. The 552-acre preserve supports some of Illinois' most pristine woodlands and several state threatened and endangered species, and offers 6.5 miles of scenic trails for hiking or cross country skiing that wind through a stately forest to the quiet Des Plaines River. Dogs and horses are not permitted in this preserve. A model of green architecture, the welcome center houses an extensive natural science library and a children's nature library. Many nature programs and special events are held throughout the year for families, adults, children, teachers and community groups.

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Evening Bird and Botany Walk Earth Week at Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center
The local woodlands come alive with wildflowers and birds in spring. Joi... View More
Scout Saturday Insect and Spiders at Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area
Discover the characteristics that make insects and spiders unique, then set... View More
Celebrating Cicadas: An Evening Search at Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area
Join the search for emerging 17-year cicadas. Dr. Gene Kritsky, retired Bio... View More
Boots of a Biologist at Edward L. Ryerson Education Center
6/25/24 - 6/27/24
Spend your summer days hiking in the “boots of a biologist” to ... View More
From Fossils to Ferns: Lake County's Nature and History
7/15/24 - 7/19/24
Foster your camper’s enthusiasm for the natural and human history of ... View More

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