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Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve
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The 543-acre Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2010.

The preserve is part of the Kankakee Sands preservation system, which conserves more than 1,200 acres of land.

A 226-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve in 1993. This dedication provides permanent protection for the natural resources at the preserve.

Natural Resources

Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, savanna, and wetland.

A unique feature of the site is its sand dunes and savanna.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes a variety of butterfly species, such as the black dash skipper and two-spot skipper.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including the state-endangered tubercled orchid and shore St. Johnís wort.

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

Programs and Events

Volunteer workdays are held throughout the year at Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve to assist in management of the siteís natural resources. View upcoming programs.
Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve Wildlife
Photograph Courtesy of Tim Good
Sand Ridge Savanna Nature Preserve is located south of Route 113 and east of Essex Road in Wilmington/Custer Township.

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