Hours Notes

This facility is currently under construction with an anticipated opening planned for 2021. Please stay tuned for updates regarding the FCEC. We look forward to welcoming you to our new facility soon!


In September 2013, the Millennium Reserve Steering Committee identified the Ford Calumet Environmental Center (FCEC) as one of the 14 priority initiatives for the Millennium Reserve.  In 2014, the Chicago Park District received a $35,000 grant from the Chicago Community Trust to conduct a Feasibility Study for the FCEC in partnership with an 18-member working group.  The Feasibility Study outlined the need, purpose, and program of a new center and recommended the FCEC be located at Big Marsh.  In 2016, The Chicago Environmental Fund (CEF) dedicated $5.5M for the construction and programming of a new environmental center at Big Marsh. Funds were originally provided to CEF by Ford Motor Company. The center design began in late 2016 with an expected construction completion and opening in 2021.

The Mission of the Ford Calumet Environmental Center is: “To create a gateway and center point that knits together the Calumet region to serve local communities, draw in regional visitors and celebrate the region’s environmental, cultural and recreational assets.”

As the FCEC construction continues to progress, so do the opportunities for it to support the Southeast sides fields of eco recreation and environmental education. When the center is complete, it will feature classroom spaces open to school and community groups, and an informational exhibit depicting the history of the southeast side natural areas.

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  • Historical exhibit
  • Classrooms
  • Bike rental outfitter

For more information on reserving classroom space, scheduling school field-trips, or planning community stewardship events, please contact Program and Event Facilitator, Joel Zavala, at joel.zavala@chicagoparkdistrict.com

Parking Directions

Big Marsh has a designated parking area after turning into the park off S. Stony Island Ave.