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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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Nature Photo Contest
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Holiday Party
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   Take only Memories.   Leave only Footprints.    Thank You Very Kindly.GOOSE IN THE GRASS

Download a PDF of our special events calendar for 2018 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.

33rd Annual Cabin Festival       June 2, 2018           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.  Location is in and around the Cragg Cabin Northeast of the Visitor’s Center.

12th Annual Nature Photography Contest & Exhibit   August 5 - August 13, 2018

August 5 (Sunday)           Noon – 3:00 p.m.  Accept photo entries

August 10 (Friday)           Partners prepare exhibit.

August 11 -12 (Sat-Sun) Exhibit Days during Visitor Center hours.

August 12 (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.  All activities are in the Visitor’s Center.

21st Annual Prairie Day              September 15, 2018        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.  It traditionally falls on the Saturday of the third full week in September.  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.  Located in and around the Visitor Center.

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