Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland and a portion of Plum Creek.
A 541-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve in 1996. This dedication provides permanent protection for the natural resources at the preserve.
Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve features the Plum Creek Nature Center, which offers nature education opportunities for families, school groups and youth groups. A natural playscape around the nature center provides outdoor education experiences to visitors. The nature center is open to the public free of charge.
Wildlife found at the preserve includes several state-threatened or endangered animal species, such as the Kirtland’s snake. The preserve also provides habitat for a variety of birds, including some that nest in birdhouses fitted with “Spy-On-A-Bird” cameras.