Sagawau Environmental Learning Center

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Sagawau Nordic Ski Season is Here!

Groomed and tracked cross-country ski trails provide both novice and advanced skiers an excellent cross-country ski experience. Rentals, lessons and more…

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Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, in southwest Cook County near Lemont, promotes the study of nature in a relaxed setting. A visitor center and classroom building opened in 2010 includes exhibits on geology, history, and habitat management. Some featured programs include environmental education for high schools; workshops for teachers and other adults; tours of Cook County’s only canyon, and general public walks and programs. Sagawau provides habitat for over 100 species of migrant and resident birds, and is home for the banding program of the Chicagoland Bird Observatory – visitors welcome in season.


In winter Sagawau becomes a premier Nordic ski location, with rentals, lessons, and groomed trails. Click here more information on the Sagawau Nordic Ski Program.

Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve is a unique area with unusual plants and rock formations. Guided walks are scheduled spring through fall. Individual access is restricted to protect this unique and fragile site.







12545 West 111th St
Lemont, IL 60439


100 yards east of Archer Ave, or four miles west of Swallow Cliff Sledding Hill on Rt. 83.







Hours of Operation

9 am – 4 pm daily


NOTE: Building and grounds closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County