Fermilab Natural Areas

  • Accessibility & Access for All
  • Arts & Culture
  • Arts and Culture
  • Beach Access
  • Bike Share Dock
  • Biking
  • Biodiversity
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat Rentals Available
  • Boating
  • Bus Parking
  • Calumet Heritage Area
  • Camping
  • Canoe or Kayak Rentals Available
  • Canoeing
  • Children's programs
  • Climbing
  • Community Science
  • Concessions
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Education
  • Education Center
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Family-Friendly
  • Field Trips
  • Fishing
  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking
  • Free Programs
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Hiking
  • Historical Connectiom
  • Historical Connection
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Native Plants
  • Nature Center
  • Parking
  • Paved Trails
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Prairie
  • Public Transit Access
  • Restrooms
  • Running
  • Scenic View
  • Scenic Views
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Teacher Resources
  • Tours
  • Trail Running
  • Walking
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife Viewing
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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!

US Department of Energy
The public outdoor areas of the 6,800-acre site are open from 8am-6pm from November to March, and from 8am-8pm the rest of the year. A photo ID is all you need to enter the site.
The mission of the not-for-profit organization Fermilab Natural Areas is to conserve, restore and study the natural areas within Fermilab while encouraging visitors to experience and enjoy Fermilab’s natural beauty. FNA promotes public access to the Fermilab site, which includes one of the largest restored prairies in the Midwest. FNA is a volunteer-based organization supported by member donations and grants. More information and opportunities to support FNA’s mission can be found at www.fermilabnaturalareas.org.

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