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Pokémon Invades the Preserves

You may have noticed by now that open spaces such as forest preserves and parks are great places to hunt for and catch wild Pokémon. With more than 60 preserves throughout the county, no Pokémon trainer need travel far to find a good spot, and there’s the added bonus that you might encounter real-world animals on your adventures. Trainers will also find the preserves’ 145 miles of trail perfect for incubating eggs to hatch even more Pokémon.

The DuPage forest preserves also feature numerous PokéStops for gearing up and PokéGyms to be claimed and battled for. Folks can play Pokémon with little or no traffic and lots of other things to see and do. (See photos of our Aug. 10 Pokémon lure event at St. James Farm.)


Pokémon GO is a mobile game sensation that features virtual versions of the popular Pokémon characters. The location-based augmented reality mobile game allows players to capture, battle and train virtual characters who appear on smart phone device screens as though in the real world.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites folks to the preserves to play Pokémon GO, but asks players to remain aware of their surroundings at all times, especially bike and horse riders on the trails. Please be respectful to other preserve users and fellow players as well.

Forest preserves in DuPage County are open one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset. And while there is no limit on the number of Pokémon you can catch, please leave the real-world animals right where you find them.

So get out and enjoy the preserves in a new way, and please share your PokéPhotos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@dupageforest) using the tag #dupageforest when posting about your forest preserve Pokémon encounters.

Below are some good Pokémon spots in our preserves:

Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville: At least 6 PokéStops and 3 PokéGyms

Danada Equestrian Center
 in Wheaton: Two PokéGyms and 5 PokéStops around the barns and Danada House.

Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton: PokeStops around District headquarters and on the eastern edge

Fulllersburg Woods Forest Preserve in Oak Brook: Three PokéGyms and at least 6 PokéStops

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton: 2 PokéStops (on the north and south ends of the lake) and 1 PokéGym (at the west entrance) 

Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago:  

  • 3 PokéStops (windmill, display wagon by the Visitor Center, and horse and plow statue by the Visitor Center)
  • One PokéGym (Preserve sign by the parking lot to Kline Creek Farm (it’s a level 1 gym and ripe for the taking).
  • A swarm of Zubats came through on 7/21. They may be studying the farm’s chickens. Other Pokémon caught by visitors include Pidgey, Drowzee, Weedle and Eevee.

Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook: Two PokéStops (First Folio stage and Mayslake House) and one PokéGym (Portiuncula Chapel) 

St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville: 

  • 21 PokéStops: Round cottage, indoor arena, four-car garage, dairy barn, corn crib, Guernsey breeding barn, groom’s cottage, Horse & Hound Cemetery, allee sign, show stable, Hoy Avenue entrance, St. James Forest Preserve sign, Fiona and horse sculpture, caboose, judge’s tower, south signage on berm, red maple allee information kiosk, where Prairie Path connects on south side, guardhouse (Gary house), “Crossroads in History” sign by front pond.
  • 2 PokéGyms: Chamossaire sculpture, pavilion
  • One visitor said St. James Farm was second only to Naperville in the number of PokéStops in one place.  

Warrenville Grove Forest Preserve in Warrenville: At least 6 PokéStops and 3 PokéGyms

Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn: 3 Pokestops  one by the front door of the building, one at the preserve sign and one at the picnic shelter.

District naturalists have spotted Pikachu in a DuPage Forest Preserve prairie. Can you find this character?

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Signs and Sounds of Spring
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