A Little Time and a Keyboard: Local Art Pop Up and Nature Trails Charm at Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights, Illinois

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Local Art Pop Up and Nature Trails Charm at Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights, Illinois

 Local Art Pop Up and Nature Trails Charm at Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights, Illinois

Izaak Walton Park and Prospect Heights Slough Present a Beautiful Nature Oasis

Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights, Illinois has been hidden in plain sight from me for way too long. The 4.0 acre preserve is only a few minutes from my home in Arlington Heights. Now that I have discovered this sweet little preserve, I will be spending quite a few quiet moments meandering its trails.

Peeking at the wetlands of Izaak Walton Park looking for frogs.
Peeking at the wetlands of Izaak Walton Park looking for frogs.

From the trails, you can see the Prospect Heights Slough which treats many with views of egrets, ducks and heron. The slough is a critical habitat for breeding for a variety of wildlife.

Prospect Heights Slough delights with beautiful views and the opportunity to see water fowl.
Prospect Heights Slough delights with beautiful views and the opportunity to see water fowl.

Wandering through a Local Art Pop Up

We began our adventure the little parking lot for this preserve. Immediately, we noted the pavilion. Currently, there is a lovely pop up ArtWalk drawing attention to birds and pollinators while bringing all of us together. Local artists Kate Tully and Mara Lovisetto forged this event to show the artistic side of the area as well as foster that sense of community. 

"Breathe" by Stacy Winters Lynne inspires me to pause and soak in nature.
"Breathe" by Stacy Winters Lynne inspires me to pause and soak in nature. 

We enjoyed wandering the local art on display. Each piece uniquely inspires contemplation of nature, our role in it and how we can help. "Breathe" by Stacy Winters Lynne inspires me to pause and soak in nature. The piece also reminds me that our trees and plants are the lungs of the Earth. I love how the piece is fabricated from nature.

"Van Who" by Kate Tully.
"Van Who" by Kate Tully.

"Van Who" by Kate Tully is a spectacular piece! The easel is stunning front......and back!


The back of "Van Who" certainly is charming! I like the feel of being in a studio while in nature.

"Goldfinches" by Kate Tully is striking design celebrating these beautiful birds!
"Goldfinches" by Kate Tully is striking design celebrating these beautiful birds!

"Goldfinches" by Kate Tully is a striking design! The piece easily delights! The back has fantastic facts about goldfinches. So a bold and beautiful way to appreciate nature and inspire us to learn about the world around us.

If you would like more information about this exhibit or to participate, see A Collaborative ArtWalk: Views of Prospect Heights Slough in Journal & Topics.

Golden Hour at Izaak Walton Park

The natural trail wound us around wetlands through a wooded edge. The summer evening greeted us with many red-winged blackbirds staking out their territory. We also saw woodpeckers, robins, ducks, egrets and more. We did cross a little creek where we found some frogs. They hopped away as we approached.

Red-winged blackbird resting upon a reed at Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights.
Red-winged blackbird resting upon a reed at Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights.

Golden hours at preserve ushered us through nature with the calmness of a waning sun. We enjoyed the evening bird activity. Such a splendid unwind to the day!

Golden hour wandering the trails of Izaak Walton Park.
Golden hour wandering the trails of Izaak Walton Park.

While Izaak Walton Park is not huge, it does provide for a wonderful nature uplift. I am looking forward to returning not only to enjoy some nature calm but also to see what birds I spot. Izaak Walton Park is such a nice little oasis right in Prospect Heights!


Local Art Pop Up and Nature Trails Charm at Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights, Illinois



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