Wild Woodstock Walks: Fall Beauty in the Woods (Oak Keepers Series)
Explore the wild natural areas right near Woodstock!
Photo taken at Ryders Woods by Michelle Myshkowec
Guided nature hikes will take place at three parks throughout the morning and will begin at 9:00 a.m. Experience these beautiful natural areas and learn about the native flora and fauna, and what has been done to maintain and keep them healthy. Visit one or all three of these natural areas! This program is free and no registration is required.
Saturday, Oct. 27
- 9:00 a.m.: Donato Conservation Area (700 block of Ridgeland Ave, Woodstock)
- 10:30 a.m.: Ryders Woods (750 Kimball Ave, Woodstock)
- 12:00 p.m.: Hennen Conservation Area (4622 Dean St, Woodstock)
9:00 a.m. Donato Conservation Area (700 block of Ridgeland Ave, Woodstock)
The mature oak woodland at Donato Conservation Area exists as it always has right in the middle of Woodstock! Students from Woodstock High School have been working hard to remove invasive species, increase the amount of native species and build a trail around the wetland. Many native spring wildflowers bloom here, such as trillium, may apple and wild leeks. A large wetland occurs in the middle of the woods and provides great habitat for birds (sandhill cranes nest here), turtles and frogs. View Donato's beautiful scenery from its hiking trails, wooden overlooks, bridges and boardwalks.
10:30 a.m. Ryders Woods (750 Kimball Ave, Woodstock)
This high quality woodland has been preserved in Woodstock for many years. It is a beautiful, wild place in the middle of Woodstock! Ancient oaks tower over a pond, a sea of wildflowers and woodland grasses. The rolling glacial topography here is spectacular, and the maintained trail system winds around the hills and gives great vistas. TLC has been partnering with the city for years, and performs most of the maintenance for invasive species in these woods.
12:00 p.m. Hennen Conservation Area (4622 Dean St, Woodstock)
Hennen Conservation Area had a conservation easement put on it in 2008 by the Hennens, and later was donated to the city of Woodstock to be made into a park. The Land Conservancy office is located in the farmhouse here. This area was a farm field in the 1970s, but the Hennens bought it and started planting trees. Forty years have gone by, and now the area is transitioning into a nice natural area with a good diversity of trees and other plants. A network of trails provides easy access around the park. At least two parasitic plants live here--Indian pipes and dodder. Hennen is also home to nesting green herons. Hennen is a blend of wetlands, prairie and savannas all in one parcel.
Learn more about the Oak Keepers Series.