General Information


Recreational Opportunities

Conservation Education

Forestry Research

Historic Areas


Prairies/Native Plants


Maple Syrup

Shiitake Mushrooms

Herb Garden

National Scenic River

Illinois Nature Preserves


Fees/Rental Information


Vermilion Co. Conservation Foundation


The Michael G. Reddy Arboretum was established in 1977. Mike Reddy was a quadriplegic and worked as a naturalist on the V.C.C.D. staff. He used the arboretum extensively until his death in 1991. 

Michael G. Reddy Arboretum

The arboretum is a 40 acre collection of specimen plantings of trees and shrubs totaling over 650 different species. Illinois native trees are emphasized, however non-natives are also featured. The oaks total over 35 species and there are 22 species of pine. There are also good collections of ash, willow, viburnum, crab apple, and larch.

This is one of the very few arboretums in which leaf collecting for students is encouraged. An arboretum guide may be purchased for $3.00. A guided leaf collecting tour  is offered each September. For more information call 217-662-2142.


Sugar Maple leaves in fall color season

Eastern White Pine, native to northern Illinois

Table Mountain Pine, native to the upper elevations of the Appalachian Mountains

Sassafras in bloom

iowa Crab Apple, one of our two native crab apples in the county.

European Bird Cherry

Sargeant Crab Apple

White Oak, the State tree of Illinois

Bald cypress is a wetland tree of Southern Illinois

Sugar Maple is one of the most beautiful trees for fall foliage color.