- County: Monroe
- Acres: 13
- Donated by: Bill and Naomi Wayne
- Year acquired: 1996
Sponsor a Preserve, Summer 2020: this nature preserve is sponsored by Mike and Betty Davis. We’re grateful for their support of our work! Learn more about Sycamore’s Sponsor a Preserve program.
Mike and Betty Davis say:
“Wayne Woods is covered in wildflowers of such variety every spring that it takes our breath away. Our goal as stewards is to keep this area healthy and verdant for generations and inspire everyone who sees it, to appreciate the diversity of flowering plants, to have a few moments of quiet beauty, and to love the earth we have been given. To achieve that goal, we have to constantly remove invasive species, mark the trail, pick up trash and report damage such as downed trees. It is a privilege to help preserve Wayne Woods.”
The 13-acre Wayne Woods is an impressive natural area despite its relatively small area. Located not far from Leonard Springs Nature Preserve, this preserve features a mature woods with many large trees, a spectacular display of spring wildflowers, and several sinkholes. A short trail begins along Duncan Road near the northeast corner of the property, north of the neighbors’ mailboxes. Parking is limited to the shoulder of Duncan Road.
Sycamore volunteers and staff work to protect the wildflowers at the preserve by pulling purple wintercreeper and garlic mustard, as well as controlling other invasive plants, which could otherwise take over and displace the diversity of native species present.