The Annual Old Fashioned Prairie Fest

Saturday, September 9, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


Save the Prairie Society’s invites you to a free community event: The Annual Old Fashioned Prairie Fest! at the parkway of the Prairie House. Rain date September 23.

Events:

  • Join The Natural Naturalist, Kim White, as she shows animals, common and uncommon, from 11am to 2pm
  • The Dulcimer players will be sharing the music of the Appalachian Mountains on the front porch of the Prairie House
  • STPS local historian will give tours of the 1870s farmhouse and the historic 1853 Schoolhouse Museum within
  • Prairie Society experts will offer Prairie Walking Tours

Outdoors & More:

  • Vendors will offer Arts and Crafts and Native Plants for sale
  • Ledo’s Pizza will offer Food and Beverages
  • Lovely Handmade Quilts will be on display
  • Our Information Booth will have more details on Prairie Events, Restoration Efforts and other Save the Prairie Society Volunteer Opportunities

Bird Migration and the Importance of Insects During Their Migration

Sunday, August 6, 1:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


Speaker: John Cebula, Member of the DuPage Birding Club

Birds start migrating towards the end of August. Find out more about the coming migration and the role that insects play.

Hope you can come. Luckily, we have a good air conditioner!

We are located 11225 Constitution Drive in Westchester. Take 31st, turn right on Wolf Road and turn left at the end of the prairie. We are in the first and only house on the left side. Feel free to share this event.

Remnants of Illinois Wilderness

Sunday, July 23, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


Speaker: James Rowan

He will discuss prairies and deciduous forests, state parks and wildlife preserves.

Native Plant Sale

Sunday, June 25, 11:00am to 5:00pm
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


Chicagoland’s most grassroots and ethical native plant retailer with incredible plant-genetics and an invaluable vision of making plants freely available to the public through community native habitat programs. Help fund the future of green infrastructure! $5 per plant, buy 5 get 1 free

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The History of the Forest Preserves

Sunday, June 4, 1:00 to 3:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


Speaker: Brian Winters

Learn about the men and women who dedicated their time and efforts to create a forest preserve district.

Find out when the first piece of land was legally protected from development! How many acres of land are now part of our forest preserves?

May Flowers

Sunday, May 28, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


May is the best time to see the Prairie in Bloom. So join us as we take a walk on the South side of the Prairie. Jack Shouba founding father of Save The Prairie Society, will lead the walk. Enjoy the beauty of the Prairie flowers and learn from Jack what is unique about each species of flowers.

Meet at the Prairie House or park right on the 31st street lots. Even though we will be staying on the path, long pants and sturdy shoes are suggested.

All About Frogs!

Sunday, April 30, 1:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


Our guest speaker, Spencer Cortwright, Associate Professor of Biology at IU Northwest, will be sharing what he has learned in his years of observing frogs. The more Spencer studied them the more he wanted to know about them: how they survived, what they eat, how do they manage cold weather, how do males attract female frogs and much more. Spencer will be using a slide show so that we can appreciate a wide variety of frog species.

Wolf Road Prairie is home for the Chorus Frogs. The males are now calling the females. It is something to hear them calling all at once. They can be heard in the southwest end of the Prairie.

The more you know about frogs, the the more you will appreciate them. Hope to see you at the Prairie House on the 30th @ 1pm.

I Will Fight No More Forever

Sunday, February 26, 1:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


The Story of Chief Joseph – 1 hr 45min · Action/Drama Movie

As more and more settlers moved into territory long occupied by the Nez Perce Tribe, friction grew between the settlers and the Nez Perce. The government sought to solve the problem by demanding that Chief Joseph move his people onto a reservation.

Joseph decided that the only way he could save his people from a constricted way of life, was to flee to Canada.What followed for the Nez Perce was a journey filled with danger and hardship.

Find out what became of their desperate attempt to keep their way of life.

Identifying Trees in Winter

Sunday, January 29, 1:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


Guest Speaker: Jack Shouba (Founding Father of Save The Prairie Society)

Join us, as we learn the names of trees by learning what is interesting and unique about each tree we encounter on our walk with Jack.

Your winter walks will be more interesting, especially if you can share your new knowledge with family and friends.

Meet Jack at the Prairie House. Hope to see you there.