Please join us in celebrating Urban Biodiversity Week, May 13th to May 19th! This event is part of the National Urban Biodiversity Week, a seven-city collaboration to bring urban dwellers into contact with local flora and fauna. Urban Biodiversity Week will showcase events in the Millennium Reserve: Calumet Core area. It will celebrate urban biodiversity and conservation activities and will provide opportunities for local residents and visitors to participate in outdoor activities in the Calumet region.
Events taking place during the week include:
- Hegewisch Marsh Tours
- Garlic Mustard Pull
- Bird Walk at Sand Ridge Nature Center
- Fay’s Point Tour
- North Creek Cycling Tour
- Frog and Tadpole Hike
- Green Thumb Thursdays
- Tour of the MWRD Deep Tunnel Project (Pre-registration Closed)
- Nature Block Party: Celebrating Urban Biodiversity
- Bi-state Bike Ride around Wolf Lake
- Tour of Powderhorn Prairie
- Migrant Shorebirds at MWRD Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (Pre-registration Closed)
- Canoeing on Powderhorn Lake (Space is limited - Please register here)
- Lakes, Rivers, Marshes, Migratory Birds, Open Spaces, and Dumps(ugh!) - A Hike of the Calumet
Click here to let us know which events you are planning to attend!
The week will culminate with a Nature Block Party at Eggers Woods and William Powers on May 18 – a family fun day that includes a garlic mustard pull, tree hike, bird hike, biking, fishing, archery, and nature-themed games and art projects.
The event is co-organized by Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Forest Preserve District of Cook County, with partner organizations leading individual events.
Please see Biodiversity Week Calendar of Events for full events description.
MWRD waiver form
PARKING note for Hegewicsh Marsh Tour
Please note that there is ongoing construction on S. Torrence Avenue and E. 130th Street. Site can only be accessed from the south. To reach the site from Chicago, exit I-94 at Dolton (exit 70). Go east, then turn north on S. Torrence Ave. Go past the "Road Closed - Local Traffic Only" signs until you arrive at a gravel parking lot on your left side.