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Bartel Grassland Nature Preserve
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Nature Preserve: Birding, Picnic, Walk
A former agricultural field divided by hedgerows, Bartel Grassland is now home to an increasing variety of native plant and bird species as restoration efforts open up the landscape and encourage natural processes. The 585-acre prairie is located at the far south end of the larger complex known as the Tinley or South Green Belt Preserves. Bird and nature enthusiasts will enjoy walking through the open grasslands, listening and looking for a host of birds unique to this region. A mowed trail leads from the parking lot to an observation area with a mound that visitors can climb to survey the surrounding plain. From here, visitors can continue west on a trail adjacent to Flossmoor Road that follows the perimeter of the grassland.