Swallow Cliff: Beyond the Stairs and Into the Woods


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Sun Mar 05, 2017 09:00 AM - Sun Mar 26, 2017 01:00 PM


11918 South La Grange RoadSwallow Cliff Woods South parking lotPalos Park, IL 60464

We cut invasive shrubs and trees to restore the conditions for healthy nature.


Swallow Cliff Woods is best known for its dramatic "front lawn," which leads up a steep, 100-foot-tall bluff. The bluff creates one of the best sledding hills in the county and also one of its toughest and most scenic stair workouts. On top of the bluff, trails pass through this quiet 800-acre preserve. Hikers enjoy wandering the hilly, forested terrain complete with stream crossings, grand old oaks and flocks of migratory birds around the numerous wetlands.

Here and across the region, fire shaped the natural communities, creating a rich complex of prairie, savanna, wetland, and woodland. Unfortunately, the lack of fire and the introduction of plants from around the world is ruining these communities. It is up to us to restore the balance and restore the health.

Join us every Sunday in March as we wield bow saws and loppers to clear unhealthy oak savanna of choaking invasive plants.

Come get a good workout! You'll see the difference between healthy restored land and unhealthy invasive brush choaked land.


  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Botany
  • Environmental Policy
  • Gardening
  • Environmental Education

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Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • 3 hours but cut out when you need to!

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