Brush Hill Forest Preserve in Oak Brook is a 51-acre natural area adjacent to Route 83 and provides stormwater detention in its 13 acres of marsh. Here, an immature forest of native and non-native woody vegetation, prairie remnants and a natural wetland are home to songbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and a variety of other wildlife.
The forest preserve features shrub meadow, marsh and small pockets of dry prairie. It is home to Illinois rose, goldenrod, false pennyroyal and regionally rare short green milkweed and butternut trees.
Brush Hill provides habitat for the state-endangered black-crowned night-heron and great egret as well as beavers, American toad, western chorus frog and common whitetail dragonflies.
Brush Hill is on the east side of Route 83, west of Adams Street and north of Ogden Avenue (Route 34). It does not have a parking lot.
The Forest Preserve District acquired the parcel in 2003 to provide stormwater detention. Reconstructed presettlement maps show the preserve was made up of prairie.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!