students working together outside by prairie

Natural Restoration and Preservation Areas

COD maintains three natural areas on the Glen Ellyn campus: the Russell R. Kirt Prairie, the Ecological Study Area, and the B.J. Hoddinott Wildlife Sanctuary. The prairie and woodland areas are open to the public for nonconsumptive recreational use. Removal of plants and seeds from these areas is prohibited. View a map of the College of DuPage campus to locate a prairie.

Russell R. Kirt Prairie

This 18-acre natural area consists of about six acres of marsh, a one-acre retention pond, 11 acres of reconstructed prairie and savanna planted between 1984 and 2000, and a quarter mile of display/seed production beds planted in 1997 along the southern boundary of the preserve. Over a half mile of trails, including a 1/6-mile wheelchair accessible stretch, allows easy access for nonconsumptive recreational use.

Ecological Study Area

This 15-acre natural area consists of about three acres of marsh, four acres of successional woodland, and eight acres of reconstructed prairie planted between 1975 and 1997. Over a half mile of trails allows easy access for nonconsumptive recreational use.

B.J. Hoddinott Wildlife Sanctuary

This nine-acre natural area is primarily a marsh and wetland that was dedicated as a preserve in 1983. There are no trails through this area.

Contact Information

For questions about land management, events, tours and volunteer workday information, contact:

Anna Bakker 
Outdoor Lab/Prairie Manager
(630) 942-3919
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 0545