Big sky nature reserve: Valley of Eden Section

5559 E Rush Creek Rd, Stockton, IL. The preserve will be closed November 17-19, November 30-December 3, and December 8-10.

Limited closures will take place October 16-November 30. Closed areas are marked with signs and chains across the closed areas.  The kiosk area, bird viewing area, main grasslands, and river bottom at the entrance of the preserve will remain open to the public

The 409-acre Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary has become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and a designated Important Bird Area by Birdlife International/The Audubon Society.  There are over six miles of trails for you to explore at this unique place, which is managed and protected primarily for the many bird species that call it home. To date, there have been documented sightings of over 100 different bird species at Valley of Eden, with April through August being the prime viewing season. Please, NO dogs from March 1 to September 30th, annually, to avoid bird nesting season. A species list and visitor guide can be found here: VOE species listVOE Visitor Guide