Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

 

2315 Clear Lake Ave. (Cross Street: N. 24th St.)
Springfield, IL 62703
217-544-5781
www.illinoisaudubon.org/MAINLINKS/LANDCONS/AWS.html

This urban wildlife sanctuary, an oasis in the hustle and bustle of northeastern Springfield, was once a quiet farm in the country. Its vineyard and orchard, abandoned to nature since the 1930s, provide a woodland home for many birds and small mammals. Originally purchased in the 1860s, the farm was passed down to granddaughter Margery Adams who, at her death in 1983, willed the property to the Illinois Audubon Society. In addition to cutting trails and planted a prairie, the Society built their new state headquarters here, incorporating the 1850s farmhouse. While the education center is wheelchair accessible, the trails are suitable only for all-terrain chairs. Margery's Trail, a quarter-mile loop, has benches at regular intervals.

Hours

  • Visitor Center
    • Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm
    • Please call before visit
  • Trails open sunrise to sunset

Admission

  • Free

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Accessible loading zone
  • Private parking lot—designated accessible spaces

Educational Programs

  • Type—Workshops, Lectures, Bird watching
  • Ages served—All
  • Disabilities served—All, no targeted programming
  • Note: Programs for school classes, Boy and Girl Scout troops as well as general public

Features for People with Service Animals

  • Natural surface/grassy dog relief area
    • Location—throughout property

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Print information—brochure with trail map
  • Strobe fire alarms in public areas and restrooms

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Orientation to visitor center—on request
    • Advance notice required
  • Braille/Tactile Signage—restrooms
  • Interior Signage—large print, high contrast, non-glare
  • Height clearance at least 80”
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel

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Accessible Entrance

  • Level entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none

Assistive Equipment for Guests with Physical Disabilities

  • None

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide

Elevator

  • None
  • All facilities on one level

Exterior Access

  • Trail/path of travel at least 36" wide—some areas
  • Surface material—wood chip, grass, earth
  • Path includes small wooden bridges—Woodland Trail
    • Level change at bridge may be 1"-2" due to erosion
  • Note: Trails may be soft/unstable when wet. Margery's Trail has benches at regular intervals.

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Nature Center
  • Information Counter—36" max.
  • Brochure rack
  • Seating—chairs without arms
  • Classrooms
  • Drinking Fountain

Exhibits

  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
  • Wall hung displays 54" to center line
  • Labels are viewable from seated position

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Accessible Public Restroom

  • Men's and Women's
  • Location
    • On left in entryway
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver-5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Wheelchair stall 60" by 58"/60" minimum
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Stall door swings out
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Lateral transfer space at least 30" wide
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Insulated sink pipes
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach—48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Latch operable with closed fist
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none

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