Fermilab Natural Areas

See a herd of American bison as you explore the prairies, woodlands, and savannas of Fermilab Natural Areas.


About Fermilab Natural Areas

At Fermilab, you’re welcome to hike in public areas, visit the herd of bison, fish in the ponds (with a valid Illinois fishing license), and take photographs. In addition to a herd of American bison, Fermilab is home several miles of trails through woodland, restored oak savanna, and tallgrass prairie. These trails are excellent for viewing wildlife and wildflowers such as sedge wren, shooting star, meadow fritillary, Baltimore oriole, and Jacob’s ladder. Fermilab has designated their open grassland area for off-leash dog exercise and training. A small parking lot off Batavia Road provides access to the area. There is no obstacle course and no fence. Dogs must be leashed outside the training area. Fermilab is a great resource for recreation and exploring nature, and the research center also offers programs and tours for students in grades 5-12!

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