ALERT: You may notice prescribed burns taking place in natural areas in the late fall to early spring. For more information please see our prescribed burn page.
Did you know that spending even just one hour a day outdoors in nature can help children (and adults) reduce stress, build immunity, lose weight, and increase imaginative play? Natural areas offer Chicago residents and guests a variety of opportunities to discover and appreciate the richness and beauty of nature in its many forms. There are more than 90+ designated natural areas in Chicago's parks. From rich pond life teeming with frogs, herons, and dragonflies, to shrubby areas where migratory birds stop to rest, to lush prairies filled with native grasses and wildflowers, the Park District offers many ways to explore nature.
Please consider volunteering your time to help maintain these special places by checking out our Community Stewardship Program.
While these natural areas are open year-round for everyone to enjoy at their own convenience, the Park District also offers many programs and events that are not only about nature education, but also about creating appreciation, and promoting environmental stewardship. To learn more, check out our Nature Events page.