Oak Brook, Illinois: Headless Mammoth, Giant Bird Nest

At the Fullersburg Woods Nature Center, the mounted skeleton of a local Woolly Mammoth that somehow lost its head, and a giant nest where you can sit and channel your inner baby bird.

Fullersburg Woods Nature Center

Address:
3609 Spring Rd, Oak Brook, IL
Directions:
I-294 exit at Ogden Ave. Drive west a half-mile. Turn right (north) onto York Rd, then quickly veer left onto Spring Rd. Drive a half-mile. At the sign for Fullersburg Woods turn right into the forest preserve. Follow the road until you reach a large parking lot.
Hours:
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
630-850-8110
Admission:
Free
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Big bird nest.

Headless Woolly Mammoth

13,000 years ago, a woolly mammoth had the unfortunate experience of dying (possibly by human predation). Unlucky for the woolly mammoth, but lucky for us, its remains were found in 1977 in Warrenville and the headless skeleton moved to the Fullersburg Woods Nature Center. The skull was never found.

Also at the Nature Center is a giant bird nest that kids can climb up into and pretend that they are freakishly large chicks begging for enormous worms from their parents.

[John Takao Collier, 01/04/2014]

Two locally unearthed mastodons -- not mammoths -- are also displayed in the area, one here and one here. They kept their heads.


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