September 24 – 1 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
edge of the Prairie at 1 pm. Long pants recommended.
Call 708-354-5512 for further information.
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.
It 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 northernillinoisraptor.org
- 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.
- 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
- Doc Grayson will be on the porch to analyze your handwriting, starting at 1 pm – no charge.
Check out the latest eight photographs of the beautiful Wolf Road Prairie – April and May 2016. They are the last pictures in the gallery.
Naturalist Ron Skleney will discuss . . .
– What effect does climate change have on bird migration?
– What factors determine the timing of their migration?
– How is the food they depend upon impacted by temperature differences?
Ron will help us sort through the research and find emerging patterns
La Grange Park Library
555 N LaGrange Park Library
North of Ogden and South of 31st Street
May 17, Tuesday at 7 pm
Questions and discussion to follow.
For more information, call 708-354-5512.
Before the Europeans came to North America prairies burned regularly — sometimes many square miles at a time due to natural events such as lightning. Those natural burns usually occurred at least once very two or three years. Now prairies have to be burned to keep the woody plants from taking over.
Here’s a link to a YouTube video of a burn performed last November. Be sure to watch the end as new GREEN starts to appear.
Fidencio Marbella took some great photos on the south end of Wolf Road Prairie
– a red-tailed hawk,
– a tree swallow,
– and a mallard again.
They are all in the gallery.
On Sunday, January 31st at 2 PM at the LaGrange Park Library follow the journey of Jack and Diane Doyle as little by little with much luck and many unexplained coincidences they discover many compelling details surrounding the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald prompting them to dig further into the haunting tale of a Lake Superior tragedy.
Could any ship have endured the waves and winds of that horrific November storm of 1975? What do we know of the captain and crew. And what is the legacy of the Edmund Fitzgerald?