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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Bikeways and Trails


You Can Help!


The Adopt-a-Trail Program allows civic and private interest groups to adopt segments of the Illinois Prairie Path or Great Western Trail for the purpose of litter collection.

Work materials (work gloves, safety vests, and garbage bags) and informational/warning signage will be provided by the County.  Groups are required to work 4 times annually between March and November.  This program provides an ideal alternative to the Adopt-a-Highway for youth groups to perform community service in a more relaxed environment.

The Adopt-a-Trail Program is managed through the Division of Transportation's Highway Permitting Department at 421 N. County Farm Road Wheaton, IL 60187-2553.  Email for more details, or call the department's main office at 630/407-6900 Mon. - Fri. 8 am - 4:30 pm (excluding holidays).  The Adopt-a-Trail Program application can be found at the Division of Transportation’s permits page.

Trees for Trails - Tree Donation Program

In an effort to offset the expected effects of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), Dutch Elm Disease, storm damage and other causes for the loss of trees, DuPage County and The Illinois Prairie Path not-for-profit corporation have established a new partnership to encourages donations of trees for the trail system. Donations of any amount are welcome.

If you would like more information on this program, view the Trees for Trails Informational Flyer.

Become a Trail Star

Sheriff John E. Zaruba has a volunteer citizen trail watch program called S.T.A.R. (Sheriff’s Trailwatchers are Responding) as another component of his Office’s Prairie Path Protection Project. S.T.A.R. volunteers are asked to be watchful while they are out enjoying the Prairie Path or Great Western Trail, assist trail users, and report any suspicious activity to police.

Anyone who uses the County trail system is eligible to become a member of S.T.A.R. Applicants must be over the age of 21, pass a background investigation, and be willing to participate in a short training class to involve first aid, path orientation, and emergency response procedures.

Following the training class, volunteers will be provided with a distinctive t-shirt to wear while walking the paths so the public may easily identify them if they need help. In addition, volunteers who so desire will be provided with a cellular telephone to carry with them while they walk. The cell phones are programmed to dial 911 and directly connect to the Sheriff’s Office for immediate emergency response, but cannot make or receive any other outside calls. 

STAR Program Application: Call 630-407-2400 for further information and a program application.

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Jack T. Knuepfer Admin Bldg.
421 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187