The Bobolink Meadow is an actively managed Chicago Park District Nature Area in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side. The northern portion of the meadow is being managed to create a native woodland habitat, and the open southern area is managed to create a tall grass prairie habitat. Year by year, through the activity of volunteers and the Chicago Park District, the prevalence and diversity of native plants in the woodland and the prairie increases. As native plant populations increase, so do populations of the creatures that have evolved with and depend on these native plants--from microbes to fungii to insects to amphibians and reptiles to birds and mamals.
The development of these habitats is an ongoing project that depends on the help of volunteers. It's a pleasure to participate in the restoration of these areas, and we hope you will join us at our workdays. This website provides information about volunteer opportunities and about activities and developments in the Bobolink Meadow.