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Deer Grove

Jens Jensen Preserve, also known as Deer Grove East, is a popular forest preserve for hikers, joggers, and bird watchers alike – it is truly a place where plants, wildlife, and people can thrive.

Deer Grove West is the inaugural piece of land that was acquired by the Forest Preserves of Cook County nearly 100 years ago. Since then, it has served as an oasis for a wide array of species native to our region.

Openlands has formed various partnerships under the O’Hare Modernization Program to play an integral role in the restoration of these preserves.

Plan your visit to Deer Grove East.


Location: Cook County, Illinois
Funding Source: O’Hare Modernization Mitigation Account (OMMA)
Owner & land manager: Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Size of project site: 180 acres
Partners:  Audubon Great LakesChicago Department of AviationChicago District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Deer Grove Natural Areas Volunteers.

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Deer Grove West

Birds, reptiles, amphibians, and over 300 species of native woodland plants flourish in this gorgeous ecosystem.

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Deer Grove East

Winding wetlands, rolling prairies, and the great oak savannas all in one amazing space.