“What is fascinating to me about this little plot in the middle of Mettawa – what we have here is what needs to be supported; we have such tremendous diversity of native species. We have more species per acre than Illinois Beach State Park, which is 2000 acres and has ~650 plants. The Grainger Woods Conservation Preserve is 300 acres and has over 300 species. They keep discovering new ones. They discovered three or four just yesterday!”

– Kathleen Garness, Artist and Steward of the Illinois Nature Preserve

Forest Preserves

“In the old days, Adlai Stevenson used to come over and ride on that cinder path [now Whippoorwill Farm Preserve]. I remember coming to Deerpath Farm through the woods and ponds that led to a large, open field.” – Lee

Mettawa is dedicated to preserving open lands and low-density residential development. The village maintains trails for pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian usage.

Five forest preserves within the Lake County Forest Preserve District are located within village boundaries.

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