The Nachusa Grasslands Autumn on the Prairie Celebration will offer bison unit tours as well as hikes and rides through the prairie. Exhibits, demonstrations, kids' activities and food will be available at the AOTP site. Parking is $5, and donations to the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands will also be accepted at the Welcome Tent. Visit website for details of each event.
The Nachusa Grasslands consists of 3600 acres of prairie remnants, restorations, and reconstructions located between Oregon, Dixon and Franklin Grove, IL. Remnant prairie knobs were protected from the plow by an unfarmable overlay of St. Peter Sandstone. Starting in 1986 with the purchase of 250 acres, The Nature Conservancy has gradually recreated a vision of 1800 Illinois' mosaic of prairie, savanna and wetlands. Nachusa Grasslands is home to over 700 native prairie plant species as well as many important birds, insects, and reptiles.
The preserve is located 3 miles northwest of Franklin Grove, on Lowden Road. Franklin Grove is two hours west of Chicago, and is celebrating that same day with three historical attractions nearby.