Natural areas are open from dawn to dusk daily.
Nichols Park Natural Area is 0.3 acres of native prairie and savanna tucked into a corner of Nichols Park. In the summer and early fall, the natural area features a wide array of wildflowers that attract and feed local wildlife, especially butterflies, birds, and bees.
Much work has been done to bring this natural area to its current state. Community volunteers assist the park district by collecting and planting native seed and plugs, picking up trash, monitoring flora and fauna, and removing invasive species. Learn more about volunteer opportunities in Chicago Park District Natural Areas by visiting our Community Stewardship Program page.
Help keep wildlife wild, safe, and healthy by following posted signage and Natural Areas Rules and Regulations.