Bowen Nature Preserve

The Bowen Nature Preserve became a reality in 2007 with a gift of 58 acres of land from Jonathan E. Bowen. In 2008, the six acres of woodland was donated to the park district by Jonathan’s parents Yvonne J. and Norman Bowen. As manager of the property, Jonathan developed the grassland and reinstalled the wetland to encourage the development of wildlife. This property lies between County Road 38 to the north, County Road 27 to the east and County Road 24 to the south. Today, the preserve covers 64 acres, 58 of which are grassland or prairie. The wetland has been maintained, as have the hardwood and pine woodland areas. There is a variety of wildflowers and abundant wildlife. The park includes picnic tables and resting benches throughout the preserve. Combined, there is 2.7 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. The park is closed from dusk to dawn, and visitors are asked to follow all the park rules. [gallery ids="|,|,|" type="rectangular"]
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