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Goose Lake Prairie Partners
Volunteers at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
5010 N. Jugtown Road off Pine Bluff Road, Morris, IL 60450

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Cabin Festival
Nature Photo Contest
Prairie Day
Holiday Party
Gift Shop
Hiking Trails
Nature Study
Fishing & Hunting
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Tallgrass Journal

   Take only Memories.   Leave only Footprints.    Thank You Very Kindly.GOOSE IN THE GRASS

Download a PDF of our special events calendar for 2020 here

For fishing and hunting dates see the
Fish and Hunting page.

Goose Lake Prairie Partners will begin their desk service project on weekends at the park beginning April 1st and commencing October 31, 2018.  Dates members are working will be posted on the FaceBook page.

Special Events for 2021

35th Annual Cabin Festival
June 5, 2020 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

See authentic pioneer crafts done by the Prairie Partners and Friends as they re-enact in authentic dress. Visit the Cragg Cabin history exhibit and prairie life presentations. Park your car in the visitor center parking area. Walk the trail to the Cabin or ride the wagon. Some demonstrators and vendors will have items for sale. The gift shop will be
under the tent. The event is to celebrate cabin living and life in the 1830’s. CPV Three Rivers Energy Center sponsors this event for the fifth season. Location is in and around the Cragg Cabin Northeast of the Visitor’s Center.

15th Annual Nature Photography Contest & Exhibit
August 1 - 8, 2021

August 1 (Sunday) Noon – 3:00 p.m. Accept photo entries
August _________ 6:00 p.m. Judging (date to be determined.)
August 6 (Friday) Partners prepare exhibit.
August 7 - 8 (Sat-Sun) Exhibit Days during Visitor Center hours.
August 8 (Sunday) Exhibit closes 3:00 p.m. Photo pick-up 3:30-4:00 p.m.

The Nature Photo contest offers budding photographers a chance to display the best photographs from their many trips to State Parks in Illinois this past year. While we would hope that everyone visits the GLPSNA for their entries, photographs are to be taken in Illinois State Parks, Lands or Areas and any National Park in Illinois. See our website
for details. This event is sponsored by the GLPSNA and the Goose Lake Prairie Partners with assistance from the Morris Photograpy Club. All activities are in the Visitor’s Center.

 23rd Annual Prairie Day September 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Annual Prairie Day celebrates the prairie environment at the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area, 5010 N. Jugtown Road, Morris, IL 60450. It is in conjunction with National Prairie Week. Prairie Day began as an annual activity in 1997. Other park amenities are open during the Festival. Visit the butterfly barn, the picnic areas and play yards. Walk the trails and look into the Cragg Cabin. Profits from all events are used for future educational programs.
Exelon Generation Dresden Station is sponsoring this event for the sixth season.
Location is in and around the Visitor Center.

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