Fugate Woods Nature Preserve is located in the abundant prairie croplands of Central Illinois, just 2 1/2 miles northeast of Fairbury, Illinois. This natural area contains more than 150 acres of native timber and restored prairie. Visitors are invited to hike the serene grounds and trails, rich in wildlife and native plants.
A variety of programs and events offer unique opportunities for all interested age groups. Fugate Woods also presents a living classroom environment for the public and charitable/education organizations.
Trails are open daily*, sunrise to sunset, foot traffic only, pets must be leashed
*Excepting Mother's Day and firearm deer season.
For the preservation of the habitat and well-being of all visitors:
No Alcohol, No Firearms, No Hunting, No Bicycles, No Vehicles, Leash All Pets
Sunday, July 23, 2017 3pm:
Curious Encounters with the Natural World #1
from Grumpy Spiders to Hidden Tigers, presented by authors Michael R Jeffors and Susan L Post. Join Drs. Jeffords and Post in learning about summer discoveries in the natural world as they prepare for an exploration of creatures after dark in Fugate Woods! They will present their personal cabinet of curiosities to tell the stories of the pair's most unusual encounters. First in a series! [ more details ]
Saturday, August 26, 2017 7-9pm:
Curious Encounters with the Natural World #2
On Saturday, August 26th, Dr. Jeffords and Post will return to Dominy Memorial Library for a unique exploration of the insects and other creatures that call Fugate Woods their home.
“As soon as the sky is sufficiently dark, we will explore the a mysterious Fugate Woods with black-lighting and miniature spotlights to see and experience anthropod activity seldom witnessed. Everything from giant wolf spiders to munching caterpillars to charming tree frogs will likely appear in our flashing beams,” says Dr. Jeffords. [ more details ]
For more information about any of these events, please see our Events page, or call The Woods Steward at: 815-692-8003