Skyline, Visitor's Center and Parking Lot. 
Goose Lake Prairie Partners, Inc.
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
Donors & Donations
Tallgrass Journal

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


on days the visitors center is open.

Winners of the 2022 Fundraiser

The Fundraiser Drawing held at 2:30 Saturday, September 17th results are in.
The beautiful wall hanging pieced and quilted by Joan Papesh of Diamond, Illinois was won by Diana Donnelly from Mondovi, Wisconsin who was at the event!
The second prize was a lovely fall arrangement designed by Prairie Partner Karen Dixon was won by Ginny Stevens of Joliet, Illinois who was also at the event.
The third prize was a lovely fall arrangement designed by Prairie Partner Karen Dixon was won by Carol Duracka of Shadow Lakes-Braidwood, Illinois.
to all. It is exciting when all the winners are so close.

Ginny Stevens won second placeFall Flower Arrangement.
Ginny Stevens holds her second Place Price.

Unfortunately we did not get a photo of the 3rd place winner.

Hand-woven Rag Rugs
Our Specialty

Rag Rugs are made on the cherry wood Jack loom that sits in the museum of the visitor's center.  This is a typical rug, finished with fringe. Most of our Rugs are hemmed and easy to care for.

Most rugs are made during open hours at the center.  Our nice ones are for sale. 

Check the Museum Sales Shelf by the Jack Loom.

Park Badge representing Heidecke Lake and Goose Lake
Available in the Center

Diana Donnelly from Wisconsin won the Wallhanging.
Diana Donnelly displays her first place Wallhanging.

The gift shop manager keeps a nice selections of nature study books on hand at a very reasonable prices. 

For the younger set, find coloring books, puzzle books and nature study.

Peterson's Pocket sized guides and Golden Guide books featured are on birds, butterflies, wildflowers, prairies, animal tracks, weather, mammals,
fossils, reptiles & amphibians,
rocks & minerals, and
 solar system.

 Rag rug laying across the PP Loom

Rag Rug from Cotton Fabric Strips.

We appreciate the donation of cotton fabric or lovely worn but now discarded jeans. [No Stretch jeans please.] They will be used in our jeans/weaving project.
Sales from the rag rugs we weave go to help us fund new purchases in the gift shop.

Rag Rugs new in the Gift shop.Made by Nancy Mattson and Beverly Mansfield.Donation to the Grundy County HIstorical Society from the Goose Lake Pr. Partners.

Jewelry might include -

  • Handmade beaded bracelets

  • Arrowhead necklaces with Goose Lake Area homemade beads

  • Necklaces from all natural Materials.

A variety of items are available for children:  handmade pioneer dolls, simple binoculars, compasses, arrowheads, and beaded items.  Plastic frogs, snakes and lizards decorate the display case.

Leather pouches or bags are on sale in the gift shop.  Made from A deer skin bagged in Grundy County, these bags are just right for your cell phone, camera, coins, etc. The leather for these bags was processed by a Prairie Partner Member.

Priced from $8 to $10
Each one is unique.

pouch - leather bags



We accept Checks or Cash Only.

Rugs in denim
Rag Rugs wove with Denim Strips

Park Loom and rugs
4-Harness Jack Loom with Sales shelf

Donation to the Grundy County Historical Society by the Goose Lake Prairie Partners.
While the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area's Visitor Center is closed our loom is at the Grundy County Historical Society Museum.

We thanked the group for allowing us to use their space with a Rag Rug made by Beverly Mansfield.
Clothing Line:

In 2006 the Partners began a clothing line.  The line originally supported a new park logo  printed on beige.  The color is now a lovely light blue.

All Beige T-shirts and
Polos are on sale.

Our beige line is discontinued.

The Logo on the Clothing Line:

New logo 2010 

Clothing items available are T-Shirts, Polo Shirts, and caps. 

We carry adult and children sizes. 

Check the Center for sizes
and availability. 

Questions? Call 815-942-2899

Jackie is showing off her new Blue Park Polo Shirt!
Jackie Martin models the
blue Polo Shirt.

Sales Rack by the Gift Shop Counter

Your purchases and donations allow the Partners to provide educational programs and displays for the center and Cragg Cabin re-enactments. We thank you for
your patronage.
Goose Lake Prairie Partners
is a not-for-profit organization. 
We provide a "certificate of gift" for tax purposes.