Save The Prairie Society’s July Event – Don’t Squash That Bug

July 25th, 1:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Speaker: Insect specialist James Rowan

We see insects in our gardens and when we take our walks in the neighborhood. Most of us enjoy seeing the fireflies, the pollinators, and the butterflies. Our July guest speaker hopes to broaden our appreciation of those insects that are unfamiliar to us, even though they play an important role in keeping our ecosystem healthy. The more we know about the natural world the more interesting it is.

Note: The historic Prairie House is air conditioned.

Gardens of the Desert: An Introduction to Illinois Prairies

June 27th, 1:00pm
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Speaker: Jack Shouba, who worked tirelessly to Save Wolf Road Prairie before the State of Illinois’ IDNR and Cook County Forest Preserves stepped to insure that it would remain prairie.

Slide Presentation: Called “the most beautiful country imaginable” by French explorer Pierre Liette, and “gardens of the desert” by poet William Cullen Bryant, the Illinois prairie is all but gone and the word prairie has lost its meaning. We are still “the prairie state,” but today it is Silicon Prairie, not Silphium prairie. In this program we explore the question of just what is an Illinois prairie and we look at how the relationships of people to the prairie changed over time. We look at prairie plants and their adaptations, prairie animals, and the role of fire. We search for places that still contain scraps of prairie, and consider why we must save these precious remnants. The program includes “Prairie Reverie,” a humorous look at the (mis)use and misspelling of the word prairie.

May Flower Walk

May 13th, 10:00am
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Celebrate The Merry Month of May

Spring flowers are now blooming at Wolf Road Prairie. Save The Prairie Society would like to share the colorful spring beauty of our native flowers with you.
We will be hosting a Wolf Road Prairie walk both in the Savanna and the Prairie on May 13 @10 am.

Participants can park in one of the three parking bays on the north side of 31st Street just west of Wolf Road.

A great opportunity for all ages to learn the land we live on and connect with the other organisms that call it home and depend on it.

Earth Day Gardening

April 22nd, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Celebrate Earth Day with us!

Our prairie garden needs tending and the more hands the better. We will be sprucing up the garden on April 22 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Whether you stay an hour or
all 3 hours, your help will be appreciated. Bring gloves if you have them, if not we have extras.

Refreshments will be available.

The Sky Dance of the Male Woodcock

April 1st, 2nd & 3rd, starting 7:00pm
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Join us on the deck of the Prairie House as we listen for the persistent peenting of the male Woodcock and then watch as he ascends high in the sky, then dramatically returns performing a daring fast downward zig zag spiral and at the last moment, pulls back and lands on the spot where he started. This daring flight is performed in hopes of impressing a potential mate. Wolf Road Prairie is one of the few places in Cook County where this twilight courtship can be seen.

Zoom Safari

Sunday, March 28, 1:00 PM

World Traveler and wildlife photographer, Rick Schoenfield, will guide you into the wilds of Africa and South America. He will be sharing both his adventures and his professional photographs.

Highlighting: Jaguars, Great River Otters, Lions, Cheetahs and Gorillas.

To sign up for this free event, confirm that you plan to attend by sending an email to: with Zoom Safari as your subject.

Your email address  is all that is needed to register. You will receive your Zoom Safari log-in information by way of email the day before the event. On the 28th, as 1:00 PM approaches, sign in as instructed and you will enter a virtual waiting room.

Please fill free to forward this information to anyone you think may be interested in attending.

Weekly Open House

Sundays, 1:00-3:00pm
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester
Masks required

Westchester’s Oldest House: an 1853 Midwest Farmhouse surrounded by native prairie. What Lies Within? A Hand-hewed timber framed schoolhouse and adjacent teacher’s quarters. Historic artifacts & original documents.

Insect Safari

Sunday, September 20, 2:00pm
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester
$5 for adults, children free

Join in the fun, help find a variety of insects at Wolf Road Prairie. Sturdy shoes and long pants advised.
Later, on the porch of the Prairie House, we will release the insects back onto the prairie.
For those who do not wish to go out onto the prairie, there will be an insect display in the Prairie House.

Yoga and Forest Bathing at Wolf Road Prairie

Saturday, August 22, 9:00 am to 11:30 am
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester
$30 for Individual or $25 for two (bring a friend)

Meet at the Prairie House. Instructor Marie Zubinski will be holding class from 9 am to 11:30 on Saturday, August 22. Masks are required inside the Prairie House.

For more information: call Marie @ (630) 947-5977 or visit