Wolf Road Prairie: Flowers, Fire, Ice, Native Americans, A Big Fight, Monarchs, Leopold’s Land Ethic, and More

js720_DSCN0127Please join us for a lecture by Save the Prairie Society Associate Director Dr. EJ Neafsey at the LaGrange Park Public Library on Novemeber 16th, 2014.

Dr. Neafsey’s lecture, entitled Wold Road Prairie: Flowers, Fire, Ice, Native Americans, A Big Fight, Monarchs, Leopold’s Land Ethic, and More, will cover topics such as flora, fauna, and the history of Wolf Road Prairie.

 

Event details here!

 

Wolf Road Prairie at Westchester Public Library

Going on now through the month of October, a display of photographs and artistic renderings of Wolf Road Prairie can be found on the second floor of Westchester Public Library. Featured are awe-inspiring shots of Wolf Road Prairie’s amazing flora and fauna, photos of STPS-led guided tours, and paintings which reveal the natural beauty of the prairie landscape. Stop by Westchester Public Library and see this wonderful installation for yourself!

 

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Prairie Fest 2014

A celebration of the beauty and bounty of Nature
&
The History of the People who lived upon the land.

Please join us for our Annual Prairie Fest this year!

As always, our Prairie Fest will include food, fun, art, crafts, music, education, nature, and more!

Prairie Fest 2014 is scheduled Saturday, September 27th from 10am – 4pm.

Our rain date is October 4th.

The Fest will be held on the parkway of the Prairie House on the northern edge of Wolf Road Prairie.
11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester, Il 60154

Artists & Crafters Wanted!

Just as previous years, we will be having exhibitors of arts, crafts, and more along Constitution Drive. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, contact us at

info@savetheprairiesociety.org

or call Rita McCabe at

(708) 354-5512

You can also download the Entry Form here (PDF).

We hope to see you there!

Prairie House Gardening

Join us this Sunday May 4th for Prairie House Gardening!

We intend to clear out old growth from last year and make room for new local plant life.

Work will occur between 3pm and 5pm at 11225 Constitution Avenue at the historic Franzosenbuch Prairie House (map below).

We hope to see you there!

 

 

All About Deer!

deerAt 7 pm on Wednesday, March 26 in the community room of the LaGrange Park Library ( 555 N LaGrange Road ), Yvonne Woulse from the Little Red School House will be answering questions and sharing her knowledge about the white-tailed deer, Cook County’s largest resident mammal.  Learn about their life cycle, eating habits, and survival techniques.  The more you understand about the deer, the more you will appreciate their enduring presence.  Hope to see you there!  (Photo by Vito Martino)

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Flight of the Woodcock!

American_Woodcock_Scolopax_minorThe Save the Prairie Society is hosting three evenings of Woodcock viewing this spring.  Please join us to see the after-dusk-courtship flight of the male woodcock as he does his best to attract a mate.  The intense serenade of the male chorus frogs should also be taking place.

Mark your calendars for the following dates to experience this dramatic springtime ritual:

 

  • Saturday –  March 29
  • Friday –  April 4 
  • Saturday – April 5

We will meet at 7 pm on each evening on the deck of the Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester.  Please dress accordingly for the weather.  This is a free event.  (Photos by Mary Cray)  Woodcock Eggs

STREETCARS OF TORONTO

Escape the frigid cold and join us at the LaGrange Park Library, 555 N LaGrange Road on Sunday, February 23, at 2pm for a heartwarming presentation by Steetcar aficionado and storyteller Jack Doyle.  Jack will share his knowledge of streetcars and his summer experiences in Toronto, Canada.  Toronto is recognized as having the largest and most efficient streetcar system in North America.  This “green” system enjoys high satisfaction ratings from its many users and is hailed as a model for cities looking to cut back their own Co2 output.  An excellent photographer, Jack has many slides showcasing streetcars throughout Toronto.  Questions and refreshments will follow this free event, which is sponsored by the Franzosenbusch Heritage Project (http://Franzosenbuschheritageproject.org).  For more information call 708-354-5512, or visit http://www.savetheprairiesociety.org

 

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The Big Year

Come in out of the cold and spend a cozy afternoon watching a great film – The Big Year –  at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs ( on the corner of Chestnut and Wolf Road ) on Wednesday, January 29, at 2 pm.  This movie, starring Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson, is a true adventure story about three birders vying to win the record for the most bird species spotted in a year.  You don’t have to be a birder to enjoy this action-filled plot punctuated with humor and wit.big year