Our Mission

To increase awareness and appreciation for our connections to the earth and to each other through educational and social experiences in a healthy ecosystem.

How does Lincoln Marsh benefit the community?


Thousands of people visit Lincoln Marsh Natural Area each year to hike, picnic, and enjoy the outdoors. Nature enthusiasts find great bird-watching opportunities. Lincoln Marsh is an ideal place to jog, bike, or cross-country ski because the trails connect with the Illinois Prairie Path.


The Lincoln Marsh offers a wide variety of programming opportunities to over 13,000 participants every year. We provide Nature and Adventure Programs to schools, groups, scouts, individuals, and families. Our Challenge Course includes team building, high ropes, a climbing tower, and more.

Flood Control

The marsh stores stormwater during heavy rains […]

What is the history of Lincoln Marsh?

A Timeline Summary

Based on an archaeological survey performed in 1987 it was determined that the Lincoln Marsh area was a hunting ground during the Late Woodland Period with likely the same topography as today.

Mid to late 1800’s: The land is owned and subdivided by Elias Jewell & Erastus Gary.

1943: The land is purchased by Mr. Rogers and reported as farmland. It was most likely used for agricultural crops and pastureland.

1950’s: The land is subdivided into multiple parcels.

1973: A group of concerned citizens fought to preserve the open space.

1979: The Wheaton Park District and several […]