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


on days the visitors center
is open.

For fundraiser winners for 2017 Please click here.
A PDF will appear.
For moe information on the books added to the fundraiser, see our flyer.

Must-See Books in the
Gift Shop...

Rachel and Sammy
Visit the Prairie

Rachel and Sammy
Visit the Forest

Fun Children's Books
and Junior Field Guides.
By Jannifer Powelson.

A "Must-See" ITEM!

Children will be introduced
to about a dozen prairie plants
in this book.  The author is a
biologist and a photographer.


Ms Paulsen also wrote the book - book Rachel and Sammy
Visit the Forest. 
This book is in the Gift Shop.

Rachel and Sammy Visit the Forest Book Cover
The third book in the series is also published.

Several Children's Books
are available.


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

2017 Fundraiser Report.

The Goose Lake Prairie Partners met in the month of February and decided on a butterfly theme for a quilt-as-you-go quilt for the Fundraiser for the year. It seems the quilt might have grown as we worked on it because before we knew it we had enough blocks for a queen size quilt. We added a long narrow butterfly panel, and then the idea evolved for embroidered butterflies fluttering on the quilt top also. Therefore the name, “All A’Flutter” for the quilt. It was immediately put on display on the visitor center wall behind the desk.

 The next meeting all the members received tickets and photos to promote our fundraiser. Thus the job of selling chances on our quilt. Money raised in this project goes for our educational programs and additions to the learning center. The drawing was held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday during the 20th Annual Prairie Day. Winners have been announced and all prizes have been awarded.

We thank Dr. Sam Heads for donating two nature study books to add two more opportunities to win in our project.  See our PDF for more information.

Donations for this year's quilt fundraiser will be used for educational programs at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.

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.

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 rugs are made during open hours at the center.  Our nice ones are for sale.  Check the Museum Sales Shelf
by the Jack Loom.
.   Rag rug laying across the PP Loom

Rag Rug from Cotton Fabric Strips.

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.

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

We appreciate the donation of cotton fabric or lovely worn but now discarded jeans.  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.
Clothing Line:

In 2006 the Partners began a clothing line.  The line 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 in our 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 new
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.