The Dunning Read Conservation Area (DRCA) offers a wide range of terrains within the city limits of Chicago. Here wildlife can be found, and remnant wetlands connected to the Des Plaines River can be experienced. The Conservation area covers 23 acres of land. Throughout the acreage, there are marked trails designed for hikers to use to observe and celebrate the natural wonder of the place. Please keep to the trails for your safety and for the safety of the flora and fauna. The conservation area is protected and supported by a variety of organizations that seek to keep safe the natural resources of the land, the animals and the community in which they live. While hiking through the area, you might spot some coyotes, raccoons, or other amazing wildlife. Just remember that if you do, you should never feed wild animals, or try to touch them. Always have water and snacks with you when hiking, wear sunscreen, and never hike alone.
If you live in the area, or plan to visit for a while, you can connect and volunteer with the Dunning Read Conservation Area, too! Check out any of the organizations to learn more.