Boger Bog

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38 acres | 1 mile of trail 
Site Hours
Open Daily Sunrise to Sunset (Some sites are subject to Seasonal Closures or closures due to special circumstances).

Entrance
2100 Cherry Valley Rd, Bull Valley

Trail map

About
This intimate site features a one mile nature trail with boardwalk, council fire ring, and small picnic shelter. This 38-acre site is comprised of six different natural communities, including a mesic silt loam prairie, oak woodland and a sedge meadow. In fact, Boger Bog is not really a bog at all (an acidic wetland community), but is the exact opposite, a grass-dominated alkaline wetland community called a graminoid fen. Fens support calcium-loving plants like big and little bluestem and Indian grass, and provide habitat for frogs and turtles. The oak woodland sits atop a moraine and is dominated by red and white oaks that provide sanctuary for deer, turkeys, raccoons, possums and birds.

Boger Bog Conservation Area also features a 300 foot boardwalk that allows visitors to walk along the edges of the calcareous seep/spring and graminoid fen communities. Interpretive signs placed on observation decks along the boardwalk educate the public about these wetlands and the wildlife and plant species they support. A council ring along the trail provides a natural gathering place for small groups, where visitors can enjoy the view of the fen on one side and the woodland on the other. An ADA accessible picnic shelter and restrooms are also available on site.

History
Frederick C. Boger purchased 38 acres of land in Woodstock in May of 1955 with money he earned singing in his church choir. This parcel of land served as a quiet place of retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life for over 40 years. When Boger passed this land to the District in 1999, he had two simple requests: that the land would be named “Boger Bog” and that it would be open for the public to enjoy as much as he had enjoyed spending time there. Following nine years of restoration as well as design and construction, Boger Bog opened to the public in the summer of 2008.