The St. James Farm Forest Preserve Offers Year-Round Fun

Woman walks with her dog in a nature preserve

Not far from Eagle Creek Apartments is a scenic destination that’s home to 300 native plants and animals. We’re talking about the St. James Farm Forest Preserve, and its land is where European settlers established their farmsteads in the late 1800s. Eventually, the property became the retreat of the McCormick family, who added a state-of-the-art dairy barn and other assorted buildings. Today, St. James offers much to see and do including:


Enjoy an afternoon of catch-and-release fishing in the front pond. During the winter months, anglers can ice fish when the ice is at least four inches thick. Species include bluegill, catfish, and largemouth bass. 


The preserve hosts unique events throughout the year, such as:

Marvelous Monarchs 

Considered the most beautiful of all butterflies, monarchs boast a wingspan of four inches. They’re easily recognized by their vertical stripes of white, black, and yellow-green. Every year, monarchs return to the preserve, and the staff is preparing for their annual arrival on January 18th by highlighting how you can help these colorful insects and other pollinators. The fun starts at 1:00 p.m., and adult admission is five dollars. 

Nature Detectives: Signs of Spring Life

Spring starts on March 19th, and the preserve is celebrating with a Nature Detectives walk. The guide will lead everyone through the woods in search of songbirds and budding leaves. 

Water-Trough Fountain

Visitors also see sculptures and other works of art. One of the most well-known pieces is the water-trough fountain. Made of copper, granite, and marble, it’s where equestrian competitors water their horses. It’s in perfect symmetry, and the rolled edges of the marble pools resemble the muzzle of a horse.   

The St. James Farm Forest Preserve is just one of the premier destinations near our Westmont apartments. You can also have more winter fun outdoors at these local skating rinks. To call our community home, please contact us. We’d love to arrange a tour so you can see everything we have to offer. 

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