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!
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.
We invite you to come out for a lovely evening on the Prairie each Friday during May starting at 6 p.m. Please join our prairie guides John Banaszak and E.J. & Shonagh Neafsey for a leisurely stroll on the evening prairie. Learn a little about the flora and fauna while enjoying the beauty of a spring evening. No matter how warm the weather, we advise that you wear sturdy shoes, socks, and long pants. If there is inclement weather or lightning, the walk will be canceled. Please park in one of the three parking bays located on 31st Street just west of Wolf Rd. Call 708-354-5512 for more information.
Starting May 2 and ending May 31, Vern Goer’s will contribute 10% of all purchases made with this coupon to Save The Prairie Society. We are working to raise the last 1/3 of the Prairie House Restoration cost.
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From flowers to soil all your garden needs can be found at Vern Goers.
Located just west of County Line Road and south of 55th.
5620 South Oak St. in Hinsdale
Keith Brennan, owner of Brookfield’s popular For The Birds ( located at 9207 Broadway in Brookfield ) is hosting an open house for Save The Prairie Society on Monday, May 13 from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Keith, an ardent bird lover, will share practical tips on attracting birds. Light refreshments will be served. If you have not yet had a chance to visit this local store, this would be an opportune time to see garden merchandise that is both beautiful and practical. For the Birds is a wonderful place for your outdoor needs or for shopping for gifts for those friends and family members who love nature. So bring a friend and join us for an informative evening.
Space is limited so please make a reservation: contact firstname.lastname@example.org and leave a message.
You may also visit For the Birds online!
Please join us for a workday on the prairie on Friday, May 17, between 9 am and 12 pm. We will be meeting at the Prairie House (11225 Constitution Dr., Westchester). We strongly recommend that you wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts for protection against abrasive brush. Sturdy shoes are also highly advised. Bring work gloves if you have them — we have extras if you do not. We will provide tools and refreshments — all that you need to bring is your energy and muscle!