Night Heron Marsh Forest Preserve in Aurora is a 137-acre undeveloped site featuring prairie restorations, wetland, upland forest and agricultural fields.
True to its name, this forest preserve is home to the state-endangered black-crown night-heron, but it also provides habitat for state-listed American and least bitterns, common gallinules, and osprey as well grassland and marshland birds, northern leopard frogs, beavers, red foxes, least weasels, midland painted turtles and fox snakes.
In summer 2017 the Forest Preserve District began creating and improving 87 acres of habitat at Night Heron Marsh for monarch butterflies and other insect pollinators as part of the collaborative Fox Valley Monarch Corridor Project. Read more about the Night Heron Marsh butterfly and pollinator habitat project.
The preserve is on the east side of Eola Road just north of Liberty Street. Parking is not available.