Natural areas are open from dawn to dusk daily. Pedestrians are free to pass through the natural area between 6am and 11pm as there is no sidewalk on this side of the street.
The process of converting four acres of the south side of Rutherford Sayre Park from turf grass to native habitat began in 2019. This native planting provides food and shelter for pollinators like birds, butterflies, and bees, it is also helping to manage stormwater in an area of the park that often floods during heavy rainstorms. In the wettest sections, native wetland plants help soak up excess rainwater. Among trees that were already well established at the park, the surrounding areas have been seeded and planted with native prairie species.
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.