History of Holiday Songs & Carols

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


Come celebrate the holiday season with a presentation on the “History of Holiday Songs & Carols” from STPS Director Patricia Reaves. Open house and holiday treats to follow!

Initial Reactions to Rachel Carlson’s 1962 Pesticide Exposé Silent Spring

Sunday, November 12, 2:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


The Power of One – 45min · Documentary

Come see and discuss the early 1960s network TV documentary reacting to the firestorm unleashed by one marine biologist’s unrelenting struggle to halt the widespread use of pesticides and the danger to wildlife and humans that her studies revealed.

Our weekly open house to follow at 3pm.

Illinois Heritage Music with Chris Vallillo

Sunday, October 8, 1:30-2:30pm & 3:00-4:00pm
Adults $10, Seniors (62+) $8, Children under 12 $5
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


Chris Vallillo is a folk artist like no other who shares his enthusiasm and knowledge of Illinois and the heritage of the Midwest from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. Hear the songs, stories, and vintage instruments of the pioneers and farmers and the time of Abraham Lincoln. Clap your hands and sing along while you learn and have fun at the same time! (Lawn chairs are also welcome.)

Chris will be performing two sets, one from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and a second from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Separate tickets for each performance can be purchased ahead of time (at the Prairie House during Open House on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm) or at the door, starting at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 8, 2023.

Refreshments will be available. Please bring your lawn chairs with you if you’d like. This event will be held outdoors, if weather permits. If not, the performance will be held indoors, with smaller capacity limits.

 

Insect Safari

Sunday, September 17, 1:00pm
$5 for adults, children are free @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


Join in the fun with Professor Michael Rush. Using the nets provided by Save The Prairie Society, participants will be able to catch a variety of insects. We will then identify and study them. In the end, we will release them back onto the Prairie. Two guides will be leading the Safari.

Note: wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

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.