Enjoy an Array of Wildlife at the Fullerton Park Forest Preserve

Midland Painted Turtle resting on a log basking in the sun at the Fullerton Park Forest Preserve

Just fifteen minutes from Carol Stream Crossing is a patchwork of prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. We’re talking about the Fullerton Park Forest Preserve, and it’s home to regionally rare plants and an array of wildlife species. Here are some highlights to keep in mind:


Settlers moved into what is now the preserve in the 1850s, and the families farmed the land for nearly a century. In the 1870s, the Canadian National Railroad was built bisecting the property, and the county purchased most of the preserve one hundred years later.

Plants and Animals 

Indigo Bush

The Indigo bush is a finely textured shrub featuring foot long compound leaves. It’s native to Chicago, and the upright flowers are royal purple with yellow-orange anthers. This shrub’s kidney-shaped pods last into winter, and it also draws a host of birds and butterflies.

Midland Painted Turtles

Small to medium in size, Midland painted turtles enjoy basking in the sun. Their skin ranges from black to light green, and the forearms display broad red lines. Males reach about five inches, making them smaller than females, though their tails are much longer.

Short Green Milkweed

Short green milkweed is a perennial plant with a central stem ranging from light green to light purple. The leaves are typically folded upward along the margins where they are wavy up and down. The flowers start off as light green before becoming yellowish green or purplish green as they age.

Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson’s snipes are medium-sized creatures with exceptionally long beaks. They display intricately patterned buff and brown feathers, and in flight, the wings are dark above and below. These birds probe the muddy ground for earthworms, and they move their heads up and down similar to a sewing machine running at slow speed. 

Learn More About Fullerton Park Forest Preserve

The Fullerton Park Forest Preserve is just one of the fabulous outdoor destinations near our apartment community. We are also close to wonderful shopping and dining destinations. If you’re looking for a place to call home, please contact our leasing office. We’d love to give you a private tour where you can see all we have to offer. You can also get a sneak peek of our amenities here.

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