Jurgensen Woods Nature Preserve
Location and Access:
From Glenwood at jct. Glenwood Lansing Road & Cottage Grove Avenue, take Cottage Grove Avenue north 1 mi. to 183rd Street, then turn and go east 0.2 mi., then turn and go south on the forest preserve road. The nature preserve is within the forest preserve and south of 183rd Street and east of the forest preserve road.
Special Note: Trails and parking are available at this preserve.
Jurgensen Woods is a remnant of the extensive woodlands and prairie ecosystems that formerly occurred on the sandy plains of glacial Lake Chicago. Surviving plant communities at Jurgensen Woods that are unique to this sandy, relatively flat lake plain are shrub prairies, and sand flatwoods. The mesic woodlands at this preserve are dominated by a red oak, white oak and basswood association while pin oaks occur in the sandy flatwoods and on wet sites. In the shrub prairies, such unique species as the purple chokeberry, hardhack, huckleberry and low bush blueberry may be found. Other prairie-associated species include Kalm's St. John's wort, sweetfern, grass pink orchid and narrow-leaved sundew. Jurgensen Woods Nature Preserve and the adjacent Thorton-Lansing Road Nature Preserve represent some of the last remnants of the natural vegetation of the southern part of the Chicago Lake Plain.
Ownership: Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Dedicated: January 1965 as the 6th Illinois Nature Preserve
Size: 120 acres
Topo Map: Calumet City 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Conservation Department, 536 North Harlem Ave., River Forest, IL 60525 (708/771-1330)
1/2009 - R. Heidorn