Why we do it

The answer is as clear as a sunny afternoon on the trail. See the dozens of joggers, bikers, and children walking with parents—all surrounded in natural beauty. You’ll understand.

Native Plants

naturally good neighbors
Over centuries, native plants evolved together with birds, butterflies and other species to create a balanced, healthy environment.

Alien Invasion!

Not little green men, but little green plants from across the seas—often beautiful, but frequently evil. Many are brought here as decorative ground cover. Sometimes they arrive as hitchhikers.

Monarch Hatchery

Observe, both in the wild or at our children-friendly hatchery, the monarch butterfly growing from egg to caterpillar, caterpillar to chrysalis, and chrysalis to majestic monarch.

Volunteer and Support

We need your help. The Friends of the Green Bay Trail is an entirely volunteer organization. Join us when you can.

Upcoming Events

Sep 07

Lend a Hand (at Harbor St.)

September 7 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sep 18

Lend a Hand (at Mary St.)

September 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Oct 03
Oct 05

Lend a Hand (at Mary St.)

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Oct 09

Lend a Hand (at Mary St.)

October 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Featured Event


New feautred event coming soon!

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What we do

We are environmental stewards of the Green Bay Trail, restoring a natural,  prairie eco-system. Our goal is to make the trail a national example of the healthy intersection of nature and culture that inspires community and individual well-being. LEARN MORE

Friday Fun Facts – Did you know?

Politically Correct

Tooltip TextRabbits don’t like to be called mom and dad. They prefer to be addressed as does and bucks. And they call their young children kittens or kits. Their long ears can hear a sound up to 2 miles away. And their front teeth never stop growing.

Granting Immunity

The purple coneflower found on the Green Bay Trail, and in flower beds of many Glencoe homes, can stir more than your heart. As a member of the Echinacea flower species, they make great herbal tea, purported to help strength the immune system. An extract of these plants is available in capsule and tablet form available in pharmacies and health food stores.

Fast Eaters

A Monarch caterpillar doesn’t like to talk while they are an eating. They can wolf down an entire milkweed leaf in 5 minutes.

Buckthorn Barbecue

The Buckthorn Barbecue is the Friends’ largest annual event. Join us on October 3, 2019 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. For information on the event and how to become a sponsor or buy tickets, CLICK HERE.

THANK YOU - For a Great Trail Day

August 3rd was a sun-filled day of fun, family and festivities. More than 500 people attended and enjoyed the events, food and trail experience. We humbly thank all our volunteers and participants.

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