Nachusa Grasslands is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation organization.
Friends of Nachusa Grasslands is a nonprofit, tax exempt entity created in 2008
by Nachusa Grasslands volunteers dedicated to supporting Nachusa
Grasslands, and is not affiliated with The Nature Conservancy.
The mission of Friends of Nachusa Grasslands is to:
■ fund one or more endowments that will help defray the cost of natural areas management, staff, and operating expenses;
■ conduct and encourage stewardship; and
■ support education and scientific activity at the preserve.
Please note: The bison roam across 500 acres of rolling land and are often not visible from the road. No hiking is permitted inside the fenced bison unit.
Nachusa Grasslands consists of 3100 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. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers have collected seed to replant former corn and bean fields.
It is an ongoing effort to remove non-Illinois plants from the preserve. Nachusa Grasslands is home to over 700 native prairie plant species as well as many important birds, insects, and reptiles.
The preserve is open to the public every day from dawn to dusk. The main Lowden Road entrance has an information kiosk, with maps, and a Port-a-John but no water.
New hike app which includes a hike in Nachusa Grasslands
Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Science Grants for 2015 have been awarded. Click to see summaries of the grants.
WorkDays: 9 AM-Noon, Meet at headquarters barn a little before 9AM.
6 Walkup Prairie
13 Big Woods Unit
20 West Heinkel Savanna
6th Annual Friends Prairie Potluck in the afternoon
27 Doug and Dot Wade Prairie
4 Dropseed Garden Weeding
11 Schafer Orairie
18 Fame Flower Knob
25 Walkup Prairie
Friends Annual Meeting in the afternoon
|Please go to the Workdays page to see the full schedule of workdays.|
Nachusa Grasslands has been designated as an
Audubon Important Bird Area.
Click here for more information.
The President of Friends of Nachusa Grasslands is Bernie Buchholz.
Our e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. (Email communications preferred)
Our phone number is 708-406-9894. (Only call if emailing is not possible. Leave a message — we will respond, but it may take some time.)
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Friends of Nachusa Grasslands PrairiE-Updates.
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The Friends of Nachusa Grasslands does not sell or rent our donor mailing list to anyone outside our organization.
Link to Grasslands Restoration Network Blog http://grasslandrestorationnetwork.org/