Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to join us on Sunday, December 15, at 2 pm at the Westchester Library (10700 Canterbury Street) for a trip back in time to glimpse how Christmas was celebrated long ago. STPS director and Riverside-Brookfield High School German teacher, Patricia Reaves will re-create Christmas-past by bringing to light many of our commonly used holiday customs. See samples of ornaments and decorations from the Old Country, and discover the symbolism, lore, and legends that lie behind our cherished Christmas traditions. Afterward, guests will be able to sample German holiday treats along with a simmering hot drink while sharing their own family traditions or just listening to other guests relate their own customs.
#GivingTuesday is a great day for giving back to your favorite charity or non-profit. Save the Prairie Society and its Franzosenbusch Heritage Project have dedicated over 30 years to their mission of conservation and restoration to Wolf Road Prairie and the historic Franzosenbusch House. Our all-volunteer organization needs your help–if you love nature and history, please consider donating to our mission. There are a few ways you can contribute;
Or, send a check made out to “Save the Prairie Society” or “The Franzosenbusch Heritage Project” to
Save the Prairie Society
11225 Constitution Drive
Westchester, IL 60154
If you cannot donate, the best way you can help us is by spreading the word! Please Like, share, and tweet this blog and our sites.
Thank you for helping; our ecological and historical efforts are dependent on people getting involved–people like you!
Check out these great photos from the prescription burn last weekend at Wolf Road Prairie. Prescription burns aid in the health and management of prairies and put on a great show to boot!
Photos courtesy of Vito Martino and Lawrence Godson.
Winter is almost upon us but there are still many amazing natural sights and sounds to be found on the prairie. Visit Wolf Road Prairie for one last glimpse before snow blankets the natural landscape!
Photos courtesy of Fidencio Marbella
Carole Krysan (who you may remember from her video Threnody for a Thistle filmed at Wolf Road Prairie) has once again captured the beauty and inspiration of our nature preserve in another season. Check out her latest video Milkweed Meditation. We love Carole’s videos and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
Friend and volunteer of STPS Fidencio Marbella continues to capture the beauty of Wolf Road Prairie in the Fall. You can see these great sights too! Put on a sweater and some sturdy shoes and enjoy the flora and fauna of the prairie in Autumn!
Please join us on Sunday, October 27, at 2 pm in the Community Room of the LaGrange Park Library (555 N LaGrange Rd.) to hear Dr. William Burger, curator emeritus of the Field Museum’s Botany Department (and frequent visitor to Wolf Road Prairie), speak about the role of flowers in the development of the natural world.
His popular book, Flowers: How They Changed The World is now used as a text book in many universities. Although his book is based on scientific research, it is written in a language accessible to the layman. For information on this great work, check out the books official website here.
Please stay after this informative lecture for a lively discussion with Dr. Burger while enjoying a cup of coffee.
This is a free event.
If you haven’t visited Wolf Road Prairie lately, you’re missing out on the beautiful Fall colors and hustle and bustle of animals preparing for winter. Check out the latest photos from STPS resident photographer Fidencio Marbella capturing the prairie in September.
Photos courtesy of Fidencio Marbella
There has been an explosion of the beautiful sphinx moths this year, and with it many questions as to just what they are. Visitors often mistake this moth for a humming bird!
To learn more, visit these two links from CBS news and Chicago Wilderness and view these pictures from STPS volunteer Ken Moreau. In these great photos of the White-linked Sphinx Moth (its difficult to take photos of this quick insect!), notice their long proboscis and large, distinctive eyes.