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Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve

The 185-acre Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve in Wood Dale rests on the Tinley Moraine, a ridge of rocks and soil deposited around the Lake Michigan basin during the last glacial period, which ended roughly 10,000 years ago.

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About Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve

Wood Dale Grove is comprised of an upland forest, a natural wet prairie, ephemeral ponds, and wetlands, which are home to owls, deer, amphibians, and other forms of wildlife — some rare — as well as rare plants. It is a rest stop for many avian migrants, such as common loons, yellow-rumped warblers, and ruby-crowned kinglets, and a nesting area for hooded warblers, black-cuckoos, and blue-gray gnatcatchers.

An upland savanna in the northern section of the forest preserve is home to native spring perennials like jack-in-the-pulpits, spring beauties, rue anemones, trout lilies and red trilliums.

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