One of Lake County's largest forest preserves and restoration projects, Rollins Savanna offers the perfect setting for grassland birds, waterfowl and other wildlife.
A 7.75-mile gravel trail with bridges and boardwalks winds through wetlands, groves of large oaks and open prairies teeming with wildflowers and native grasses.
The trail is open for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing. Trails here connect to our regional Millennium Trail, and to the Grayslake Bike Path and Prairie Crossing Trail.
In partnership with the Village of Gurnee, we extended the existing trail system in the northeast part of Rollins Savanna to Route 45 and Dada Drive to provide a safe crossing for trails users and connection to the Millennium Trail so visitors can expand their experience.
Dogs must be leashed and on trails at all times. Pick up after pets. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required).
Native Seed Nursery
Rare and hard-to-collect native seeds are carefully grown and processed here. The nursery gives our ecologists access to rare species that are cost prohibitive from the commercial seed industry or are otherwise unavailable.
We use the plants grown here to restore native habitat through the preserves.
Volunteer opportunities are often available at the nursery. Learn how to become a volunteer.
Bird Observation Area
Located a short walk from the Drury Lane parking lot, a trail provides access to a raised platform with an expansive view of the restored grassland and wetland here.
This is a birdwatching hot spot. Bring your own binoculars or use the magnified viewing scopes provided. Learn more »