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  • 715 W. Singing Woods Rd. Edelstein, IL 309-418-7051

    For information about Tawny Oaks, contact Forest Park Nature Center at 309-686-3360


    Tawny Oaks is the newest environmental facility of the Peoria Park District. It is located next to Singing Woods, a 700 acre Illinois Nature Preserve. The mission of Tawny Oaks is “focus the community on the rich biological heritage of Central Illinois and engage people in its protection and restoration.” The property contains a prairie restoration, ½ mile of handicap accessible trail, picnic area and visitor center with restrooms. It also serves as the trailhead for our trail system into Singing Woods Nature Preserve (which is currently under development).

    Visitor Center Hours:

    April 1-October 28, 2017

    Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm

    Sunday-Tuesday closed

    Contact Forest Park Nature Center for more information on Tawny Oaks.

    2017 Programs & Events

    Restoration Workdays & Restoration Workshops

    Interested in a meet-up to keep Tawny Oaks (and other natural areas) healthy? Interested in attending workshops to learn more about ecological health? See the latest information in the Playbook.

    Mid-morning Warbler Walks ♦ 9-10:30am ♦ Sept 9, 16, & 23

    There will be a leisurely pace along some level paths in hope of finding wood warblers and additional songbirds during Illinois’ fall migration. Bring along some binoculars if you have them and maybe a few friends as more eyes are better when trying to spot these quiet, tiny birds. If you lack binoculars, there will be some on hand to lend, and of course, all levels of experience are welcome. Ages 10+. Donations appreciated.

    The Big Sit ♦ dawn to dusk ♦ 10/7

    This event is part of a worldwide bird monitoring project organized by Bird Watcher’s Digest. We will be documenting all bird species seen in a 24 hour period at Tawny Oaks Prairie. This is a fundraiser for us, so the more birds we see, the more we earn. The more we earn, the more programs and services we can bring to you. You can participate by signing up to take a shift as an observer. You can also participate by pledging to donate an amount for each species of bird we see. To be a part of the Big Sit as either a donor or counter, contact us at 418-7051. Ages 10+

    Make a Pledge for The Big Sit! online or by completing this donation form.

    Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow ♦ 9:00-10:30am ♦ October 7, 14 & 21

    While often abundant, native sparrows are notorious for being some of the most difficult birds to spot and identify, so here’s your chance to learn them. Bring along your binoculars and field guides as we head out into the prairie with the goal of finding 10 species of native sparrows. We have binoculars to lend. All levels of experience are welcome.

    Hawktober Hawk Watch ♦ 1-3pm ♦ October 7, 14 & 21

    Early autumn is a traditional time for hawk migration in central Illinois and we’ll scan the skies for red-tailed, broad-winged, and sharp-shinned hawks, falcons, eagles, and other birds of prey. Situated on top of the Illinois River bluffs, Tawny Oaks is an ideal spot for soaring birds. Bring binoculars if you have them, or use some we have on hand.

    Singing Woods Hike ♦ 9-11am ♦ 10/28

    Tawny Oaks is the gateway to Singing Woods Nature Preserve. Take a walk down one of the newest trails into one of Illinois’ finest stands of oak-hickory forests and visit a couple of glacial hill prairies. The topography is steep, and the hiking is challenging, so wear sturdy shoes and durable clothes. Ages 10+. Donations appreciated.