Natural areas are open from dawn to dusk daily.
Washington Park Natural Area contains over 35 acres of native prairie, wetland, and aquatic habitats at Washington Park's southern lagoon. Paved and gravel trails wind through the natural area around the lagoon, over boardwalks, and onto quiet islands.
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 these and other volunteer opportunities by visiting our Community Stewardship Program page.
Help keep wildlife wild, safe, and healthy by following posted signage and Natural Areas Rules and Regulations.