Nature Boardwalk

Plunge into an urban oasis with Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo! This new, natural ecosystem offers a haven for native birds, frogs, fish, turtles, insects and more.

Enjoy this outdoor classroom. Learn in a living laboratory. See how Nature Boardwalk offers cities around the globe a new model for urban conservation and sustainability.




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News

North Star State of Mind
July 23, 2014

As a researcher I fantasize about what the world would be like if I could stroll up to a field site and have all the species present step out in single-file fashion, nod their beak, snout or what have you, and slowly saunter back into the wilderness.


Field Guide

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Zootracks: Urban Wildlife Watching
You don’t have to go to the rain forest to see wildlife. In this installment of Zoo Tracks – titled Urban Wildlife Watching – we explore wildlife watching that can be done right here in Chicago at Nature Boardwalk
at Lincoln Park Zoo

Multimedia 

 

 


Nature Boardwalk Transformation - A View From Above
Lincoln Park Zoo member and neighbor Mary Ann Hoey chronicled the transformation of South Pond into Nature Boardwalk by taking photos from her 15th-floor balcony. The results are very cool.


From South Pond to Nature Boardwalk
The transformation of South Pond into Nature Boardwalk is complete. The results are stunning. Take a look at the process.


To see how urbanization has affected Lincoln Park’s birds, zoo scientists are doing daily counts to compare today’s species with those surveyed more than 100 years ago. 100 Years of Chicago Birds
To see how urbanization has affected Lincoln Park’s birds, zoo scientists did daily counts to compare today’s species with those surveyed more than 100 years ago.
A coyote in Lincoln Park. Brian Jackson/Sun-Times Nature Boardwalk Through the Seasons
Follow the seasons at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo with time-lapse photos capturing the growth of this urban ecosystem.
A coyote in Lincoln Park. Brian Jackson/Sun-Times The Wilds of Lincoln Park
In a letter to the Chicago Sun-Times, Leon J. Hoffman shares a coyote sighting and praises Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo as “a splendid refuge for people, plants and animals.”
Introducing Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
The zoo unveiled its new urban ecosystem today, welcoming visitors to the transformed landscape of Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Contributors

The zoo thanks the following for their generous contributions to Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo:

Chicago Park District
McCormick Foundation
Peoples Gas
The Regenstein Foundation
The Women's Board of the Lincoln Park Zoological Society
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Antonatos
ArcelorMittal
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas C. Babson
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ballantine
Bank of America Foundation
The Brinson Foundation
Stephanie L. Degen
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Donnelley
The Efroymson Family, a CICF Fund
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Fiedler
Jamee C. Field
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin F. Flynn
Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Haffner III
HSBC North America
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Tool Works Foundation
Kemper Educational and Charitable Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Lane
Mr. and Mrs. David W. Martay
Brooks McCormick Trust
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. McDowell
Courtney J. McEniry
Midwest Generation, An Edison International Company
Jack Miller and Goldie B. Wolfe Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Albert M. Niemi
Northern Trust Company
Roxy and Richard Pepper
Mr. and Mrs. Jay D. Proops
Robert D. Rodgers
Sandra K. and Earl J. Rusnak
Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Searle
Carole and Gordon Segal
The Segal Family Foundation
The Siragusa Foundation
Tawani Foundation
Elizabeth Daley Ullem and Scott Ulle

In addition, the following partners provided generous in-kind contributions:
Block 37
Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Chicago Transit Authority
Illinois  Department of Economic Opportunity - Illinois Bureau of Tourism
Jewel
Macy's