20. Eggers Grove Forest Preserve

Eggers Grove Forest Preserve, 112th Street and Avenue E

This forest preserve consists of 241 acres of “woodlands, savannas and wetlands . . . among the highest quality natural areas within the Calumet Open Space Preserve.  The presence of existing natural areas, with basic native species intact, is a boon to this region where there are great quantities of open space but [unlike Eggers] most are in degraded condition.” (Chicago Habitat Directory 2005, p. 54)  

Its rich variety of wild flowers includes May Apples, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, and Wild Geranium.   Eggers is also home to a rare find: the Sassafrass Tree.  It is ideal for hiking and bird-watching, and links the Burnham Greenway to trails in Northwest Indiana.

Flowering May Apples:

(Photos by Kevin P. Murphy & Joann  Podkul Murphy)

(2007) Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s John Elliott gives geological overview of Eggers Grove: https://youtu.be/4C9nfdmZzek

(2010) Garlic Monday at Eggers Grove: https://youtu.be/jq28UhtQkGshttps://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=jq28UhtQkGs

(2011) Garlic Mustard Team at Eggers Grove: https://youtu.be/2cvVobOgmU8 

(2013) Secrets of Eggers Grove’s Environmental Uniqueness: https://youtu.be/yFktbjDBjk0

(2103) Nature Block Party at Eggers Grove: https://youtu.be/DB52IGU9sVM

(2014) Garlic Mustard Removal at Eggers Grove: https://youtu.be/AoIn8kRcw00

(2015) Exploring Local Hiking Trail, Eggers Grove to Hammond’s Wolf Lake Park: https://youtu.be/IkIG6HcIlso

(2015) Nature Block Party A Celebration of Biodiversity at Eggers Grove:  https://youtu.be/Oelni1fMhLA

(2015) Fighting Invasives--Garlic Mustard Pull at Eggers Grove: https://youtu.be/2QUK56Bq0gk

(2016) Nature Block Party at Eggers Grove: https://youtu.be/3FQsrcoB7ag

© Kevin Murphy & Joann Podkul Murphy 2016