Fullersburg Woods offers a variety of on-going, seasonal, and specialized education programs for schools, youth groups, and families. Seasonal programs for all age groups include tapping maple trees for sap, identifying spring wildflowers, and tracking wildlife. The preserve offers programming that meets state-curriculum standards to promote nature education in the classroom.
Nature Education Center
The interactive center promotes an understanding of humankind’s impact on natural ecosystems and the environment – on the local level and globally. Guests can explore the world of Salt Creek and its inhabitants, discover how to recognize resident bird species, study wild animal tracks, examine the reconstructed remains of a 13,000-year-old woolly mammoth, and much more.
Taking a self-guided tour of this 1.3 mile trail through lowland woods and restored prairies by foot, bicycle or cross-country skis is a good way to learn about DuPage County's natural history. Most of the trail follows Salt Creek, providing visitors with the chance to see local flora and fauna.
Trail to Graue Mill
The half-mile walk along the banks of Salt Creek leads to Graue Mill Historic Site. Over a century ago, Frederick Graue put the waters of Salt Creek to work for him in a milling operation. Today, this National Historic Landmark allows visitors to see the mill operate as it did in Graue's day. The mill is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., mid-April to mid-November. For information about field trips, programs or admission fees, see www.grauemill.org or contact Graue Mill at (630) 655-2090.
Also nearby, The Frederick Graue House, built in 1859 is a fine example of early Victorian “Italianate” architecture. A $1-million restoration project has renovated the building and grounds. Three large rooms and a service area are available on a rental basis. For information, see www.grauemill.org or call (630) 920-9720.
The Robert H. Kelly Community Resource Center is available to educators by appointment, offering books, articles, magazines, activity and curriculum guides, and collection and monitoring equipment for checkout.
For more information on learning opportunities at Fullersburg Woods, see Education, or call (630) 850-8110.