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OAKtober Hike 2022

October 29, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Ed Cope talks about the special habitat of a remnant prairie nestled in between the Oak woodlands, Photo: Kim Johnsen

October is OAKtober – OAK Awareness Month in Illinois

Natural Land Institute invites you to celebrate OAKtober with them by taking a tour of Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve, a private natural area owend by NLI, on Sat., Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m.

There are only a few opportunities throughout the year to see this Nature Preserve. If you are an NLI member you can request to visit it, anyone is welcome to help at a volunteer restoration day, or you can attend a guided tour like this fall OAKtober Hike event.

NLI staff will lead groups on a hike through the rolling hills of prairies and woodlands of this natural area and talk about the importance of oak ecosystems, remnant and restored prairies and the process of restoration that has taken place at this preserve.

The tour lasts about one and half hours. Moderate to difficult level hiking. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots. You will only walk about a mile, but it is a slow hilly mile.

Location/Parking: Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve, located across from Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 7404 Elevator Rd., Roscoe, Illinois. Limited parking on site with parking available also at the church. After parking at the church walk east about 1/10 of a mile to the preserve entrance across the street.

Admission: $5 for non-members, $10 per family (includes a one-time 6 month introductory membership), Free for NLI members.

Read about the statewide OAKtober – Oak Awareness initiative led by the Chicago Region Trees Initiative here.

OAKtober – Oak Awareness Month in Illinois
(Resource: State of Illinois Governor Rauner’s Proclamation – 2015)

Since 2015 Illinois has celebrated OAKtober – OAK Awareness Month in October with hopes that state-level awareness and support would bolster efforts to conserve, protect, and restore threatened oak ecosystems. Oak trees are an important part of the natural history of Illinois. In fact, the white oak is the Illinois State Tree.

Oak forests, woodlands, and savannas have been a significant part of the Illinois landscape for more than 5,000 years and are now being threatened. Oak ecosystems are declining in health across the entire State of Illinois due to the weakening of oak dominance. These threats and declines are due to lack of public awareness, invasive species, poor management practices, and reduced resources.

Majestic oak trees represent strength and stature and create a sense of awe and wonder.

Oak ecosystems reduce ambient air temperature and usage of energy. They reduce flooding and support our native wildlife. Oak trees and their entire ecosystem provide food and shelter for insects, birds, and mammals, while contributing to native biological diversity.

Research shows that oak trees and forests improve air and water quality, human health, social and economic well-being, provide jobs and revenue, and improve the quality of life for citizens across all neighborhoods and community boundaries.

OAKtober – creates awareness of the threats and impacts to oak ecosystems and provides the opportunity for Illinois residents, organizations, communities, park districts, forest preserve districts, private landowners and managers, and commercial entities to work together to take action to support and celebrate oak ecosystems.

Registration requested by Fri., Oct. 28.



October 29, 2022
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve
7404 Elevator Rd
Roscoe, 61073 United States
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