Native wildlife with permanent disabilities are provided homes along Willowbrook’s outdoor exhibit trail. Residents include red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks, a turkey vulture, owls, groundhogs, raccoons, a turkey vulture, bobcat, woodchuck, sandhill crane, American kestrel, blue jay, and common grackle.
Willowbrook’s butterfly garden showcases landscape ideas to attract butterflies and other pollinators. Interpretive signs introduce necessary elements to provide suitable habitat including food, water and shelter. The area contains tagged plantings that are attractive to butterflies, and a sensory garden that abounds with sights, smells and textures. An educational display cabin offers a close-up view of nectaring butterflies and blooming plants, a butterfly puzzle and play area.
Our nature trail features a half-mile outer loop and a shorter inner loop through 40 acres of restored prairie, savanna, woodland and wetland habitats. The trail hosts native animals that live in DuPage forest preserves. An enclosed wetland bird habitat along the trail also houses a sandhill crane and serves as a unique educational experience.