Illinois holds a great diversity of natural habitats and communities, from cypress swamps in the south, beech-maple forests in the east, tallgrass prairies in the central region, steep bluffs and palisades along the western rivers, bogs and wetlands in the northern counties, and numerous other unique natural communities in between.

Yellow Trout Lily - Erythronium americanum
Yellow trout lily (Erythronium americanum) at Rocky Bluff, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, photo by Chris Benda.

As a state, we have long been blessed with a great legacy of individuals and organizations that have devoted immense time and efforts toward the study, protection, and care of our natural resources.  Please join us as we strive to uphold this legacy and share our appreciation of Illinois’ natural treasures with current and future generations.

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