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OAKtober Hike 2023

October 28, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Join us for a guided walking tour at 1:30 p.m. that lasts about an hour and a half. Hikers will be led by NLI Staff through the hilly natural areas that include oak savannas, as well as restored and remnant prairies of Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve. They will also talk about the ongoing restoration work and the importance of an oak habitat.

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

Please register below by Oct. 27, 2023.

For more information call 815/964-6666 or email info@naturalland.org.

Location: across the street from Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 7404 Elevator Rd., Roscoe, IL. Park at the church or at Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve (more parking available at the Church).

Since 2015, when the Governor of Illinois proclaimed October as “OAKtober” – Oak Awareness Month in Illinois, NLI has been hosting the OAKtober Hike at our Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve.

Oak trees give us a sense of place and represent strength and have played an important role throughout the history of Illinois. In fact, the Illinois state tree is the White Oak.

OAKtober Hike offers an experience for people to see first-hand the majestic beauty and wonder of oak trees and their surrounding habitat, while learning how they work to clean our air and water, decrease use of energy and how their shade can help cool the air.

About Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve

Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve is a private 93-acre natural area surrounded by residential development in Roscoe, Illinois. Natural Land Institute purchased the first 63-acre tract in 1986 with a generous donation from Julia and Eugene McCleary. The second 35-acre tract was donated to NLI by the McClearys and McCleary Industries in 2013. It became an Illinois State Nature Preserve and Nature Preserve Buffer in 2021 because of its high quality features, notably, four state-listed plant species and one federally listed insect. A grade C dry dolomite prairie is also a significant feature. NLI periodically holds public guided tours and volunteer restoration days at Burr Oak Valley Nature Preserve. More information can be found at https://www.naturalland.org/burr-oak-valley-preserve/.





October 28, 2023
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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