America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie

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America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie

January 22, 2017 – 2 PM at the LaGrange Park Library,  555 N LaGrange Roaddscf7419

This beautiful and informative film was crafted by some of the same people that worked with Ken Burns on many of his historic films.

“This is the story of the rich and complex story of one of the most astonishing alterations of nature in human history.

“Prior to Euro-American settlement in the 1820’s, one of the major landscape features of North America was 240 million acres of tallgrass prairie. But between 1830 and 1900 – in the space of a single lifetime- the tallgrass prairie was steadily transformed to farmland.

“This drastic change in the landscape also brought about an enormous social change for Native Americans, in an equally short term their cultural imprint was reduced, in essence, to a handful of place-names appearing on maps.

“The extraordinary cinematography of prairie remnants, original score and archival images are all delicately interwoven to create a powerful and moving viewing experience about the natural and cultural history of America.”

A Holiday Sampler of a Czech Christmas and a German Christmas.

December 4 at 2 pm
What was a traditional Christmas like for these two countries? Learngerman-christmas  
about their customs and traditional foods.
Historical presenter Patricia Reaves will take you on a journey to Christmas
Past with real artifacts, a slide show, and samples of traditional food.
                                   FREE  EVENT
La Grange Park Library – 555 N La Grange Road.

OWLS — the November Event

Tuesday, Nov. 29 – 1 pm
The community room of the La Grange Park Library
555 N LaGrange Road between Ogden Ave. and 31st Street – east side of
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Presenter: Susan Dombro of the Cook County Forest Preserves
The adaptations that enable owls to hunt at night are wondrous, setting them apart from all other raptors. Learn about these adaptations, and the unique habits of the eastern screech owls and the great-horned owls that live in our local preserves.  Bring your questions and stay for refreshments. ( Photo by Steve Kiecker )
The community room of the La Grange Park Library 555 N LaGrange Road between Ogden Ave. and 31st Street on the east side of
La Grange Rd.

National Public Lands Day @ WRP

September 241 pm : National Public Lands Day – A Celebration
Come out to Wolf Road Prairie where we will be learning about some of our
native plants, eliminating a few weeds, and collecting and spreading seeds.
Meet at the Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Dr., Westchester on the northern gloves
edge of the Prairie at 1 pm. Long pants recommended.
Call 708-354-5512 for further information.

Poetry On The Porch

The will be Poetry on the Franzosenbusch Prairie House porch on Sunday, October 2 from 1-3 pm
Hosted by Drew Reaves
Create or read your favorite poem inspired by nature. Relax with friends and
new acquaintancesand be inspired by Wolf Road Prairie.
Enjoy refreshments.  Beginners are welcome.

Prairie Fest 2016

fid red tailed wrp 16It is that time of the year for the Prairie Fest at the Franzosenbusch Prairie House on Wolf Road Prairie (11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester, Illinois).  The Fest will be on Saturday, September 3 from 11 AM to 4 PM.

This year’s FEST will include past favorites as well as a new attraction.
  • As many as 10  birds of prey from Northern Illinois Raptors will be shown from 11 am to 1 pm  on the glove. Learn about their anatomy, physiology, and their individual stories.   Visit
  • Dona Benkert’s dulcimer group will be playing on the house porch starting at 11:30 AM.
  • Civil War reenactors with full regulation issued uniforms and equipment.
  • Mickey Anderson will be demonstrating wool spinning.
  • Rita Dowd will display her beautiful quilts.
  • Basket Raffles Prairie Fest 2 Prairie Fest 3 Prairie Image 1
  • Brats and Hot Dogs provided by Shell gas station at Ogden and York Road.
  • Arts and Craft Vendors on the Prairie House parkway
  • The History of Wolf Road Prairie  presented by Dr. E.J. Neafsey
  • Genealogy by Patricia Reaves
  • Prairie Tours
  • Doc Grayson will be on the porch to analyze your handwriting, starting at 1  pm –  no charge.
      Come, relax and enjoy!

Adult Coloring

Adult Coloring
August 7, 1- 3 PM

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There is no better way to relax and achieve a state of mindfulness than adult coloring. This trend in artful expression is a chance to be creative without any prior artistic experience. We will supply the sheets, coloring tools, and a bit of guidance. So join us on the Prairie House porch, 11225 Constitution Dr.  from 1 to 3 pm. $5 fee for supplies. For more information, call 708-354-5512.

2016 Insect Safari

Insect Safari
Saturday, July 16 at 10 am to 12:30

Join us for our annual Insect Safari day. The noted insect expert, Mike Rush, will guide participants out onto the Prairie and along the Prairie House garden to collect insects for examination and study on the porch of the Prairie House. Later, all insects will be released.

Participants are urged to wear socks and long pants. Sandals are not advised.

There is a $5 fee for adult non-members;  Children are free.

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STPS is hosting Linda Love’s Gardens on Sunday, June 26th – 1 pm at the Prairie  House. Linda has been growing native Illinois plants for many years and has a reputation for raising healthy quality plants at reasonable prices. Linda will gladly help you with your selections if you need advice in regards to degree of difficulty or positioning for light. STPS members will be available to talk to you about Wolf Road Prairie. If you have any questions, email
This is a wonderful way to help the environment. Studies have shown that butterflies and moths prefer to lay their eggs on native plants. In turn, the resulting caterpillars provide the protein that immature birds must have to develop bone and muscle. A decline in native insects is directly related to a growing decline in our bird populations.