of Ryerson Woods
Created in 1984, Friends of Ryerson Woods (FRW) seeks to contribute to the development of an environmentally literate citizenry that has the skills, knowledge and inclinations to make well-informed choices that consider future generations. FRW holds that environmental education reaches beyond childhood and is a lifelong endeavor. Environmental education extends beyond science to embrace human interaction with nature and its expression, including literature, music, photography, dance and other fine and performing arts.
Through innovative programs presented against a backdrop of stately woods where pre-settlement flora and fauna still linger, Friends of Ryerson Woods seeks to build an environmental ethic in our region by offering multiple points of entry for the public to connect with nature.
Friends of Ryerson Woods is a center for discourse about nature and culture. Using the natural sanctuary of Ryerson Woods as a springboard for education, FRW is recognized widely for exploring the interplay of art and nature, as well as for offering thought-provoking, interdisciplinary programs built on a tradition of quality. FRW further advances the conversation about nature by serving as a catalyst for innovative approaches to environmental issues. In these ways, FRW builds an environmental ethic in the region.
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HOURS OF OPERATION
Ryerson Woods is open daily 6:30 a.m. to sunset.
Brushwood Public Hours:
Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Also available by appointment. Call 847.968.3343 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area, or Ryerson Woods, is a 561-acre preserve located near Deerfield, Illinois. With 279 acres officially dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve, Ryerson is home to several rare species, including:
Six miles of flat trails wind through a stately forest and follow a quiet river. They are open to hikers and--when snow is at least four inches deep--cross-country skiers.
Brushwood, built as a summer home by Ryerson Steel chairman and Chicagoland philanthropist, Edward L. Ryerson, houses the staff of the Friends of Ryerson Woods, as well as a collection of rare nature books and changing art exhibitions depicting the beauty and wonder of nature.
The Brushwood home is one of the architectural treasures of the Ryerson Conservation Area. Inspired by an 1840's Greek Revival farmhouse in Marengo, Illinois, Brushwood was built in 1942. The stately home with a columned portico was designed by Ambrose Cramer, who once worked for the great estate architect, David Adler. The historic feel of the house was achieved by salvaging brick, woodwork and fixtures from older buildings. Cramer always described his project for the Ryerson family as his best work. Ryerson Woods is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A model of green architecture, the Welcome Center houses an extensive natural science library, a children's nature library and the environmental education staff of the Lake County Forest Preserves. The Ryerson Conservation Area offers many nature programs and special events throughout the year for families, adults, children, teachers and community groups.
Friends of Ryerson Woods 21850 N.
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