Big Grove Preserve, with the addition of the newly acquired Big Grove Addition, is an eighty-acre woodland adjacent to the Coralville Reservoir off Sugar Bottom Road, which makes up part of the original “Big Grove” noted by the first settlers to describe Johnson County’s landscape. There is a network of hiking trails in the property.
The Big Grove was acquired in 2004 from Dick Schwab and Will Weibel, developers of the adjacent Natural Woodlands residential area. The Big Grove Addition was acquired in conjunction with our Protect. Conserve. Grow. the Campaign to Save the Grove capital campaign held 2016-17. In addition to its ownership of the Big Grove and Big Grove Addition, Bur Oak Land Trust holds a conservation easement on eight and a half acres of each ten-acre lot in the Natural Woodlands development. While these easements are not open to public access, they have the effect of increasing the area of protected land and will contribute to the preservation of the area’s ecosystem. Address: 3999 Starry Night Lane NE, Solon, IA 52333. Directions: take 245th St. NE west from Sugar Bottom Road, about 2 mi. from Newport Rd. Public parking is available on county land at the end of 245th street. Starry Night Road/Starry Night Court is a private roadway, but guests are allowed to proceed on foot to a turn-around located at the entrance to the Preserve. Parking in the turn-around is not allowed. Public parking map.
Check out this Instagram photo album of Big Grove! Big Grove photos
Check out this Instagram photo album of Big Grove Addition! Big Grove Addition photos
Big Grove Preserve eBird species list link. eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world. A collaborative enterprise with hundreds of partner organizations, thousands of regional experts, and hundreds of thousands of users, eBird is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Listen to the sounds of Big Grove (August 2016 at 8:30am):
**Birds identified as Blue Jays and Goldfinches with maybe some Cardinals chipping – by Mark Madsen.
Read Bur Oak Land Trust’s property usage info here: Property Usage Info