Nachusa Grasslands Public Tours inside the Bison Unit
In 2017, Nachusa Grasslands Public Tours will take place on the fourth Saturday of each month from May to September and the second Saturday in October. Sign ups for the May 27 tour will begin in early May.
Free public tours inside the Bison Unit will be offered by The Nature Conservancy volunteers on the following Saturdays: May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, and October 14.
Tours will be limited to 10 people per tour group leader.
Up to two tours will be offered each day, depending on leader availability.
Space will be reserved for people who have registered in advance.
Reservations will be available on a monthly basis.
The Nachusa Public Tours SignUpGenius online form will be available in early May for the May 27 tour.
Instructions for signing up are provided on the form.
Please do not call or email the preserve to ask to be added to the list, as we do not have the human resources to handle your requests.
Meet at the Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Entrance, 2075 Lowden Road, Franklin Grove, IL 61031 (not the Headquarters Barn) before 1:30 p.m., as tours will depart promptly.
Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and a hat. Bring a bottle of water, as the unshaded prairie can be very hot, and there are no facilities on the preserve to purchase water.
Bug repellent and sunscreen are also recommended.
Bring rain gear if storms are in the forecast.
The Visitor Entrance does have a Port-a-John.
Each tour will last about two hours.
Tours will combine driving to various areas on the preserve and hiking short distances off trail over uneven ground with hills.
Individuals with limited mobility may choose to remain in the vehicle while the rest of the group is out walking, but they must be able to get in and out of a pickup truck.
Tour leaders may also ask anyone not suitably dressed to stay by the vehicle.
Viewing Nachusa’s bison is not guaranteed, as the herd cannot always be seen from the lanes.
Tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather or the unavailability of volunteer leaders.
Please check your email for cancellation updates prior to arriving at Nachusa.
All tours are offered and overseen by The Nature Conservancy.