To visit Nachusa Grasslands is to see conservation at its most vivid and inspiring. Home to 700 native plant species, 180 bird species and a growing bison herd, Nachusa is one of The Nature Conservancy's greatest success stories. The vast expanse of tallgrass prairie, savanna and woodlands is a sanctuary for both nature and people.
To create an engaging and dynamic experience for visitors, the Nature Conservancy is planning to add new amenities and educational opportunities.
A beautiful new structure will invite the public to learn about the nature of this rare Illinois landscape and the Conservancy’s work to conserve and restore this precious heritage. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2017.
With interpretive panels that tell the story of Nachusa Grasslands; a shady spot to enjoy the view of the prairie; parking and other facilities, including a hand pump for fresh water, visitors are guaranteed an experience they won’t forget.
The Conservancy's plans also call for formal pull-off areas to enable visitors to appreciate different perspectives on the preserve.
Construction – Bill Kleiman and Dee Hudson
Rendering of visitor pavilion. © Design Management Architects
Interpretive panel. © Signature Design