Lake County, Illinois, CVB - Official Travel Site - Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area & Welcome Center

Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area & Welcome Center

21950 N. Riverwoods Road Riverwoods, IL 60015

Phone: 847.968.3321

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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, for hiking or cross country skiing. 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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Family Nature Club: Woodpeckers
2/5/23
Visit a preserve to learn about and explore local Lake County nature with y... View More
Curious Courtships in Nature
2/12/23
Love is in the air even in nature! Learn about the curious animal courtship... View More
Family Nature Club: Frogs Earth Week
4/16/23
Visit a preserve to learn about and explore local Lake County nature with y... View More
Planting for Pollinators Earth Week
4/19/23
Want to attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators in your gar... View More
Spring Bird Walk at Ryerson
4/30/23
The month of April brings us the start of songbird migration. Join skilled ... View More
Webelos Into The Wild Adventure
4/30/23
Scouts will take a hike to observe local animals, learn about aquatic ecosy... View More
Brownies Bugs Badge
5/6/23
Join the Lake County Forest Preserves and go buggy for this badge. Scouts w... View More
Motus and Migration at Edward L. Ryerson Welcome Center
5/7/23
Learn about animal migration and our new Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Mo... View More
Spring Bird Walk at Ryerson
5/7/23
May is the month for songbird migration. Join skilled birders on these walk... View More
Guided Historic Walk at Ryerson Woods
5/9/23
On this collaborative walk, join an environmental educator and history educ... View More
Spring Bird Walk at Old School
5/13/23
May is the month for songbird migration. Join skilled birders on these walk... View More
Spring Bird Walk at Ryerson
5/14/23
May is the month for songbird migration. Join skilled birders on these walk... View More
Birdwatching Hot Spots at Ryerson Woods
5/27/23
Join in at this Lake County birding hot spot to look for migratory woodland... View More

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