Missionary Oblate Woods Nature Preserve
Preserves habitat for threatened and endangered species.
Maintains native ecological forest communities.
Starting Fires to Burn 10 Acres
Using Drip Torch to Spread Fire
Novices Removing Honeysuckle
Learning To Identify Honeysuckle
Posting Boundary Markers
Spotting Native Plants
Debbie Newman Identifies Plants
Debbie Newman Teaching Novices
Removing Trash from Nature Preserve
Planting Natives in the Preserve
Removing Invasive Tree of Life
Studying Remnant Bluff Prairie
In 1993, the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission, along with La Vista, dedicated 15 acres, naming them the Missionary Oblates Woods Nature Preserve.
Through the Volunteer Stewardship Network of The Nature Conservancy, a dedicated group of volunteers along with OMI novices maintain the area by removing invasive species, assisting in prescribed burns, and removing trash.