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Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve
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The 213-acre Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve was acquired between 1937 and 1992.

The preserve is part of the Rock Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 460 acres of land.

Cultural resources protected at the preserve include part of a reservation granted to the daughters of a Potawatomi woman named Marie Bailly in 1832.

A 211-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve in 1989. This dedication provides permanent protection for the natural resources at the preserve.

Natural Resources

Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, savanna, wetland, and a portion of Rock Creek.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the tiger salamander and more than 80 bird species, including the scarlet tanager and eastern wood pewee.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including white, bur, and black oak, shagbark hickory, and sugar maple trees. It also features a spectacular display of spring wildflowers, such as blue-eyed Mary and Virginia bluebell.

The site is managed with invasive species control and prescribed burning to protect and enhance its natural resources. Learn more about the Districtís land management activities.

Due to the sensitivity of the site's natural resources, dogs are not allowed in the nature preserve.

Amenities and Activities


Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve features 0.23 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for hiking/running.

Programs and Events

Volunteer workdays are held throughout the year at Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve to assist in management of the site's natural resources. View upcoming programs.
Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve Landscape
Photograph Courtesy of Adam Oestmann
Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve is located on Pauling Road, east of Route 50/Governors Highway in Monee.

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