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Take only Memories. Leave only Footprints. Thank You Very Kindly.
|Monthly meetings -
First Tuesday of the month at
5:30 p.m. - Park Visitors Center at 5:30 p.m.
If you are interested in attending ask to have your name added to our membership list for emails.
WE WELCOME VISITORS TO OUR MEETINGS.
Call the center for more information. 815-942-2899.
NOTE: Members will not have meetings until March, 2016 and end in November unless you receive a call from the President.
*Scroll down for Partner Awards
Special work sessions are called as needed.
We work on weaving projects and other projects
that improve our gift shop sales.
If you would like to lend-a-hand email, or
call to have your name added to the call list.
Volunteer Desk Service on weekends
will begin April 7th, 2018
and end with the holiday party in November.
Wants and Needs:
A new list will be posted soon.
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PRAIRIE PARTNER AWARDS
President Char and Supt. Duane nominated
Becky Sipple as the recipient of the Volunteer Award for 2017.
Becky is a great help at the park with group visits, Museum
Bulletin Boards, and participation at all of the Festivals and
the Photo Contest. She is a very valuable member of the
GLPP organization. Congratulations Becky.
Prairie Partner and friend Judi Jackshon
passed away August 22nd after a long illness. Judi joined the
Prairie Partners in February of 2006. She is known for her soap
demonstrations, re-enacting and volunteering to work the center
on weekend dates and holidays. She was also well know for her
wagon rides where she talked about the beauty of the prairie,
prairie plants and grasses. She will be missed.
At the Prairie Partner meeting August 1st, Supt. Snow
recognized Beverly Mansfield for her service to the Goose Lake Prairie
Partners, The Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area for 2017 as
recognized by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at the State
Fair in July. He presented Bev with the plaque signed by the
Director. The list of things she does for the park is very long
and varied. She is so talented.
On Saturday November 12, 2016 it was announced that the Volunteer of the year had been chosen for the 2016 Park Season.
This year two people were recognized. Chuck Johnson for his work on the Auditorium Mural, and Susie Johnson for her years of service and long volunteer hours. We thank them for their service.
PHOTO: President Char is shown presenting Susie with her certificate and Susie is holding Chuck Johnson's certificate.
2016 - IDNR Outstanding Volunteer of the Year 2016 honored at the Springfield Fair August 20th.
Caroline (Susie) Johnson recognized for service to Goose Lake Prairie from 1998 to 2016.
Click here for letter of recommendation.
First photo was the presentation and second is the "Susie Fan Club" that traveled to Springfield.
John McDade took the formal pose. Donna Snow took the group photo.
Site Superintendent Snow nominated Susie for this honor.
2015 Volunteer of the Year - Jackie Martin
Jackie serves as Treasurer and Purchasing Agent for GLPP. She is also Chairperson for our Food Tent and is a weekend desk service host.
2014 Volunteer of the Year - Debbie Mahler
Debbie serves as a weekend desk service host and works in the food tents at the festivals.
2011 Volunteer of the Year from State IDNR: Jo Fleming
Joannet Fleming was honored for 28 years of service to Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.
Click here for a photo story of the event at Springfield. Click here for letter of recommendation.
Standing with Jo is (LtoR) Supt Joe Giacone, IDNR Director Mark Miller, former Supt Joe Nyhoff, and Chief of the Division of Parks Jim Modglin.
The Goose Lake Prairie Partners are a Not-For-Profit organization and the only volunteer group associated with the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area, Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area and Morris Wetlands State Fish and Wildlife Area. Our mission is to help the park in the following ways.
-- To understand,
maintain and attract the public to the park by producing various festivals and
educational events and display's centered around early life on the prairie and
on the natural environment of the park, and
-- To provide assistance and funds as needed by the park and its staff for equipment, supplies, and other items for improvement and maintenance.