Nature Preserve Area:
Location and Access:
From the jct. of Rts. 68 and 25 in Carpentersville, head north on Rt. 25 for 1.2 miles to Hazard Rd. East (Right) on Hazard until it ends. Parking for Kemper Park is on the north of Hazard Rd. Special Note: Foot trails from the east end of the picnic area connect to trails for Helm Woods Nature Preserve. Trails are unmarked and intersect with several unauthorized trails.
This thirteen acre nature preserve is an addition to Helm Woods Nature Preserve, a larger forested tract of dry-mesic upland and northern flatwood forests. Kemper Park Nature Preserve is contiguous to Helm Woods and is comprised of similar plant communities. The dry-mesic upland forest is dominated by white, red and black oaks while the flatwoods are dominated by swamp white oaks, ashes and elms with swamp sedge and fowl manna grass occurring frequently in the understory. Many forbs, especially spring ephemerals, sedges, grasses and shrubs can be found throughout the entire woodland complex. Garlic mustard is a major problem in this preserve. Prescribed burns have been implemented to control this invasive species.
Dundee Park District
For further information:
Contact: Dundee Township Park District, 21 N. Washington, Carpentersville, IL
03/10 R. Heidorn