Nature Hike at LaBagh Woods

Tags: River education and Attend

Oct. 9, 10am-11:30am
Nature Hike at LaBagh Woods
40 people max, Registration required
Program is designed for 12 years of age and older
Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Registration link

As part of our Inside, Out & About initiative, please join Friends’ staff for a tour of LaBagh Woods. Located on the Upper North Branch of the Chicago River on Chicago’s Northwest Side, LaBagh Woods is host to diverse natural areas, including wooded landscapes, wetlands, savannas and sedge meadows.

LaBagh Woods is home to 187 bird species, 20 mammal species, 30 species of butterflies, 22 types of dragonflies, four turtle species and two types of snakes. There are also 70-90 mushroom species and 200-300 native plant species. LaBagh Woods is also widely recognized as one of the most important refuges for migrating birds in Chicago. A broad-billed hummingbird, a species that is typically found in Mexico, was spotted at LaBagh Woods in May of this year.

The Upper North Branch flows through LaBagh and an oxbow slough fills its bottomlands, drying out some years and full of frogs and fish in others. Restoration efforts continue to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle and replace it with over 40 species of approved and locally sourced and grown native shrubs. These native plants provide essential habitat for migrating birds that pass through the site twice a year and for year-round residents. Join us for an interactive nature hike that explores both the flora and fauna of this site.