Nature & Science
For a park of its size, Carl Sandburg Home has an amazing diversity of ecological communities. The park contains forests and woodlands, rock outcrops and cove forests, fields and ponds. Though only 108 ha (267 acres), Carl Sandburg Home is home to at least 519 species of vascular plants and fourteen different ecological communities. In addition to preserving a great cultural resource, this park also preserves a significant ecological resource in a rapidly developing area that, if managed properly, will allow the region to maintain its ecological heritage.
In addition to the resources listed above, feel free to browse through our inventories. These are large files due to the amount of diversity located on our grounds.
Vascular Plant Inventory (.pdf 1MB)
Mushroom Inventory (.pdf 1.72MB)
Did You Know?
Margaret, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sandburg planted this flower garden according to a detailed plan. The park service plants flowers today according to the same plan Margaret used many years ago.