Danada House, former residence of Daniel and Ada L. Rice,
a working farm, and Equestrian Center among features
(pronounced Duh-nay-duh). Somewhere on this 783-acre preserve
you can study nature, hike, jog, bike, fish, tour a farm,
learn the equestrian arts, take hay rides, go for sleigh
rides in the snow, cross-country ski, and hold formal receptions,
meetings, bridal showers, parties or other catered affairs
in a 19-room mansion. There is even a week-long equestrian
summer camp for 10-to-14 yr. old children where they can
learn about horses from the hooves up. And by the spring
of 2000, Danada will become the new headquarters of the
DuPage Forest Preserve District. District officials are
planning a new building designed in the prairie style which
will be located across the street from the Equestrian Center.
I-88 take Rte. 53 north to Butterfield Rd., then west
to Naperville Road., then turn south. The entrance
is on Naperville Road, .6 mile south of Butterfield
nearly three miles of multi-purpose trails traverse wooded
savannas, wetlands, wildflower meadows, marshes, lakes,
and domesticated fields and farmland. Its two-mile Regional
Trail leads to the adjacent 767-acre Herrick Lake Forest
Preserve. Herrick Lake provides habitat for 300 species
of native plants, 13 fish species, 108 species of birds,
19 mammal species, and many reptiles and amphibians.
Danada's borders you will find a variety of wildlife, from
grassland birds such as meadow larks and bob-o-links, to
waterfowl, herons, deer, foxes, and even an occasional wily
coyote. Common wildflowers include trout lily, bloodroot,
and wild geranium. Over the years volunteers have helped
to restore a 35-acre area into a healthy native prairie.
Visitors to the open woodlands can walk beneath the craggy
twisting limbs of large spreading bur oaks and through plush
carpets of woodland satin grass and golden seal.
also contains a 1,350-acre working farm which yields apples,
wheat, and corn. The 19-room Danada House, originally the
private estate of Daniel and Ada L. Rice from 1930 to the
1970's, can accommodate gatherings of up to 150 people.
Danada Equestrian Center, a legacy of the Rices' interest
in race horses, has provided first-rate educational and
recreational programs for DuPage County residents since
1983. These programs offer a holistic approach to caring
for horses as well as teaching basic skills in riding. The
District offers horse-drawn hay rides through wood and dale
in the summer, or sleigh rides during the winter (provided
there's at least six inches of snow-pack) from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Public rides cost $3 per adult, $1 for children between
five and 12, and are free to children under five. Private
group rides are also available. Call (630) 668-6012 for
further information. Danada is open from sun-up to sun-down.