Hybernia Nature Preserve
Location and Access:
In Highland Park from the jct. of Rt. 22 (Half Day Rd.) and Ridge Rd., head south on Ridge Rd. to Park Ave. Head east on Park Ave. to the entrance of Hybernia subdivision on Hybernia Drive. Follow Hybernia Drive north and look for the nature preserve sign on the east. Curbside parking is permitted.
Special Note: Wood chip trails provide access to the preserve.
Hybernia is a 27.46 acre complex of wetlands, prairies, and mesic savanna reminiscent of the integrated landscape of presettlement times. It is located within the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Division and is situated on a rolling ground moraine. The wetland plant communities are within a drainageway which has a seasonally high water table. Hybernia Nature Preserve is contiguous with Highmoor which features 10 acres of similar plant communities and is part of the same drainage system. These communities provide habitat for an array of beautiful prairie forbs such as the purple milkweed, bottle gentian, blue flag, fringed loosestrife, wild quinine, small sundrops, and meadowsweet as well as many native grasses and sedges.
Ownership: Hybernia Associates Limited Partnership and Hybernia Homeowner's Assocation
Dedicated: December 1990
Size: 27.46 acres
Topo Map: Highland Park 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Red Seal Development Corporation, 425 Huehl Rd., Bldg. 18, Northbrook, IL 60062 (708/272-6280)
03/10 R. Heidorn