Bluff Spring Fen Nature Preserve Guided Tour
Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Nature Walk/Hike
Kevin Collins, a former volunteer of this site, will lead a tour of Bluff Spring Fen. The Fen is an Illinois Nature Preserve located on the East side of Elgin, IL, which contains over 450 native plant species and should be a riot of color in early July.
The preserve is a one-hundred-acre mosaic of gravel hill prairies (Kames), sedge meadows, oak savannas, marshes, mesic prairies, and cold alkaline springs dotting the landscape.
The fen is a rare Illinois gem because of its composite of ecosystems: prairie, woodland, ponds, streams, and wetlands all in one location. As part of the Cook County Forest Preserve, this Illinois Nature Preserve is home to a rich diversity of various native plants, amphibians, insects, and birds.
Dress in clothing that will discourage ticks, long pants and socks recommended. There are no restroom facilities.
Take Illinois Route 59 north to West Bartlett Road, turn left (west) to Gifford Road. Turn right (north) on Gifford and proceed to Bluff City Blvd. Make a left (west) and look for Bluff City Cemetery. Turn left through the main gate and take the road to the bottom of the cemetery (make no turns). There is a small parking lot that will fill quickly. You may park along the cemetery's numerous small roads.