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Vermont Cemetery Preserve

Preserve History

The 37-acre Vermont Cemetery Preserve was acquired between 1998 and 2012.

The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Prior to the District's acquisition of the land, it was a cemetery for early settlers of Wheatland Township. The cemetery has since been preserved, along with the prairie that surrounds it.

A one-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve in 1999. This dedication provides permanent protection for the preserve's natural resources.


Natural Resources

Vermont Cemetery Preserve protects prairie habitat.

The portion of the preserve containing a historic cemetery protects a small prairie remnant with a long history of scientific studies and preservation.

The preserve is home to the federally threatened and State-endangered Mead's milkweed.

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

Amenities and Activities


Vermont Cemetery Preserve provides access to the 4.04-mile, paved Tall Grass Greenway Trail, and the 2.68-mile, paved Normantown Trail, which are both ideal for the following activities:

  • Biking
  • Hiking/Running
  • In-Line Skating
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Wildlife Viewing

Vermont Cemetery Preserve features an overlook of the historic cemetery prairie. Learn more about wildlife viewing in the forest preserves.


Vermont Cemetery Preserve is located on Normantown Road, south of Wolfs Crossing Road in Naperville.




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