On the east side of Meacham Grove, the lake and adjacent wetlands are excellent places to hear western chorus frogs or see great egrets, great blue herons, swallows, and other native wildlife, including beavers and dragonflies.
On the west side of Bloomingdale-Roselle Road, native plants, some endangered, grow in an upland forest etched with intermittent streams. In 2012 the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission gave this area an extra level of protection by designating it as the Meacham Grove Nature Preserve.
Hike, bike or cross-country ski around the lake and through the adjacent wetlands on 2.5 miles of trails, including a stretch of the North Central DuPage Regional Trail. A pedestrian bridge carries the regional trail west over Bloomingdale-Roselle Road.
The Savanna Trail on the west side of Bloomingdale-Roselle Road is for foot traffic only, and in accordance with the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, pets must stay on the trail as it passes through the nature preserve.