Skyline, Visitor's Center and Parking Lot. 
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
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Hiking Trails
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   Take only Memories.   Leave only Footprints.    Thank You Very Kindly.GOOSE IN THE GRASS

Monthly meetings - First Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. - Park Visitors Center in the workroom.

If you are interested in attending ask to have your name added to our membership list for emails.


Call the center for more information.  815-942-2899.

NOTE:  Members will not have meetings until March, 2019 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:
new list will be posted soon.
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Char, Tom, Supt CodyTom Kaluzny was nominated Volunteer of the Year for 2018 by President Char and Supt. Cody.  Tom has been a member since 2005 and has been a member of the Board for many years.  Tom assists with Cabin Festival and Prairie Day every year, attends the monthly meetings, and made arrangements to get the windmill back up and running. Thank you, Tom, for all you do for the Goose Lake Prairie Partners and Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area!

Tom is joined by the Prairie Partners who attended the October meeting.



2017 Volunteer of the Year

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.


Judi Jacksohn at VC at GLPSNAPrairie 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.


Beverly MAnsfield was Supt Duane's pick for our representative at State as Volunteer of the year 2017At 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.

We had a party in her honor; Pizza, fruit and a beautiful cake.  Thank you Beverly for all your service and assistance to us all.

Volunteer of the year 2017
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.

Dr. Rosenthal presents Susie with Certificate. Groupt that was at Springfield for Vol. Of The Year Presentation

2015 Volunteer of the Year - Jackie Martin
Jackie Martin receives Volunteer Of The Year Award 2015Jackie 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.
Joannett Fleming receives certificate from IDNR Director
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.

Volunteers Recognized  for GLPSNA in 2009 by IDNR
 Nominations letter : IDNR State Awards List.   IDNR Outstanding Award Article : Certificate :   Larger Photo
Partners on State
Accepting the plaque in Springfield August 22, 2009 were Region Two Land Manager Chris Rollins,  Secretary Treasurer Jackie Martin, Vice-President Beverly Mansfield,  IDNR Assistant Director John D. Rogner presenting, Site Superintendent Joe Giacone, President Susie Johnson, Director Pat Christensen, and Director Joannet Fleming,  Additionally, members Andrea Kaluzny, Harry Christensen, Audrey Kaluzny and Tom Kaluzny were on stage.  Chuck Johnson, John and Char McDade was also in attendance.


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.