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Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve
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Preservation


The 315-acre Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve was acquired between 1980 and 1997.

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

A 310-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve in 1981, 1983, and 2001. This dedication provides permanent protection for the natural resources at the preserve.

Natural Resources

Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including prairie, savanna, and wetland.

A unique feature of the site is its crescent-shaped sand dunes, which formed when the area was the shoreline of the ancient glacial Lake Wauponsee.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes more than 30 bird species, in addition to amphibians and reptiles such as the tiger salamander and the six-lined racerunner.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including huckleberry, prickly pear cactus, and tubercled orchid.

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.

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

Amenities and Activities

Trails

Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve features 0.41 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for hiking/running.

Programs and Events

Volunteer workdays are held throughout the year at Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve to assist in management of the siteís natural resources. View upcoming programs.
Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve Flora
Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock
Location
Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve is located on Route 113, east of Route 53 and I-55 in Braidwood.

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