Dutro-Ernst Woods

Dutro-Ernst Woods is a 33-acre urban nature preserve on the site of the former Ernst Nursery. It is dedicated to the Ernst Family and Ruth Dutro, a local biology teacher who inspired countless students. The flat, wide walking trail meanders through a prairie-in-restoration and early successional woodland. Because of the ecological restoration process, native plants and wildlife populations are increasing and beginning to thrive. Stop by often to observe seasonal transitions and changes in the land.

When you visit, be sure to stop by Red-tail’s Chronolog monitoring station. Follow directions listed on the sign and join an important citizen science project just by taking a picture with your cell phone. Your photo will add to a digital time lapse which helps Red-tail’s land managers and our community track changes in the newly restored prairie as it changes over days, seasons, and years. See the most up-to-date time lapse on Red-tail’s Chronolog page.

Visit our Current Conservation Projects page to learn more about restoration efforts at this site.


Acres: 33

Accessibility: Open to the Public

Features: Parking lot, hiking trail (1 mile), interpretive signage, play area (near entrance)

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