Dunham

This 374-acre Dunham Forest Preserve in Wayne features rolling prairies and wetlands and a tree-lined stream. It includes 212 acres of Class IV prairie and wetlands — some of the highest quality habitat in the county.

A new 1.2-mile trail, scenic overlook, 2-acre picnic area and 25-car parking lot opened at the preserve in October 2020 to provide the first public access to Dunham, which features 212 acres of restored prairie and wetlands.

The restoration work was a multiagency effort with 135 acres of prairie funded, planted, and partially maintained by the Wayne Area Conservancy; 11 acres of wetlands mitigated by Canadian National; and 27 acres of wetlands funded by DuPage County Stormwater Management.

  

Natural Scene

Dunham is home to more than 270 different native plants as well as grassland and marsh birds, including rare northern harriers, dickcissels and grasshopper sparrows. 

Since 2008 the Wayne Area Conservancy Foundation has helped the Forest Preserve District fund, install and maintain more than 150 different types of of flowers and grasses on more than 135 acres of native short-grass prairie.

 

Driving Directions

Dunham is on the south side of Army Trail Road, 2.5 miles west of Route 59. The parking lot is just west of the railroad tracks on Army Trail Road.

Trail

A new 1.2-mile crushed limestone trail opened in October 2020 winds through the preserve and connects with Cornerstone Lakes Park in West Chicago. The Dunham trail will eventually be part of a larger north-south DuPage Technology Corridor Trail that will connect the Elgin and Batavia branches of the Illinois Prairie Path with Fermilab, the DuPage Airport, the DuPage Technology Park, and additional forest preserve. 

 

History

The Forest Preserve District acquired Dunham in 2006. Before then the land was primarily used for agriculture.

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!
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