Stop and relax! You've just been introduced to several different natural communities: prairie, oak and hickory savanna, old-field, a pond, wetland, maple forest, and oak-hickory forest.  Surprised?  Severson Dells isn't just a Forest Preserve; it's a unique combination of many distinct but interrelated parts.  

We certainly hope that you have found the Severson Dells Interpretive Trail interesting, whether you took a long hike or just a short trip around the hard-surface trail.  If there's anything special you want to remember, feel free to make notes in the “observations” space below and to keep this guide for future reference.  If you saw something very special that you'd like to share, stop in the Education Center and make a note in the SEVERSON DELLS LOGBOOK.  Next time you come for a hike, be sure to check out the “log” first to see what's happening.  Before you leave, one final thought to ponder:

"To see the world in a grain of sand, 
And a heaven in a wild flower;
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour."
                          -- William Blake