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

2019 Prairie Day Poster Click here. (Coming soon.)
22nd Annual Prairie Day Sponsored by Exelon Nuclear Dresden Station is September 21st, 2019
Logo of Exelon Nuclear Dresden Station        from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

This schedule is a sample of Prairie Day.
A new schedule will be posted soon.
Park Introduction Tape: 10:00 AM

Dave DiNaso with Turtle 2016Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles. 
Frogs, spiders, turtles, lizards, snakes and alligators…
What more can we say?  Returning again for the umpteenth time…
because the kids always want to see them again.

10:15 AM

Beth Wager Scales and TalesBeth Wagner's Scales and Tales
Beth will entertain the kids and the adults with her list of animals.
She will have a mixture of birds, mammals and reptiles.  Great Photo opportunities with animals.
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Brian Holt Magic 2016
Brian Holt, Magician
and Balloon Artist

Welcome to the Magic of Brian Holt, a Magician from Rockford, IL.
Mr. Holt will provide fun and interactive programs that creates memories!
He will have a professional show that is Fun for everyone.
See him make Balloon Animals on the front lawn of the Visitors Center at 1:00 p.m.

2:00 PM


Lou Aiello’s Traveling American Indian Museum
on the front lawn of the visitor’s center.  The lessons you learn from Lou are so important to our Native Amerian Indian Culture.
Make a Dream-Catcher or learn an Indian Dance. 

Available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Conservation Wagon 2016

Conservation Police Exhibit Van.
The Van is centered around animals and birds in Illinois.  Stop by and visit...

Available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wagon ride with naturalist 2016
The Annual Wagon Rides are Back Again!
Visit the prairie and see it from a new perspective.

Cragg Cabin Ride -11:00 AM
Blue Stem Ride -12:00 PM
Sunflower Ride -1:15 PM
Golden Rod Ride -2:15 PM

Sign for your free tickets at the Ticket Master’s Table.

No reservations are taken prior to the 17th date. You must have a ticket to join a ride.

Fundraiser quilt for 2018Prairie Partner Fundraiser:
Stop by and visit with Chuck, buy a chance on "Oh Dear Deer"
(a lovely queen sized quilt) and sign the guest register.

   *Drawings will be at 2:30 p.m. September 16th.

Talk to the Representative from Dresden Station
on the Front Lawn of the Visitor Center.

Don't Leave the Park for Lunch...
Eat in the Partner Food Tent!
Serving Hot Dogs, Brats and Bison Burgers
For a nominal fee.  First Come, First Served.


Visit the Gift Shop in the Lobby
 High-bounce frog balls, window bird-feeders,

20” wooden snakes, balancing birds, & jewelry. 
Nature Books and Children's Books, flashing starNew Goose Lake Prairie Postcards 
Handwoven Rag Rugs

 No Parking Fees.  -  No Entrance Fees.


The Annual Prairie Day is a celebration the prairie environment normally held in conjunction with National Prairie Week at the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area.  Presentations on the environment and nature play a very important part of the day's activities as well as playing on the special features of the park itself.  Various presentations, educational talks, and projects for the children are the special offerings of the day.  All aspects of the park are open, the Cragg Cabin, the Visitors Center, butterfly barn, nature trails with wagon rides and etc.

Prairie Day began as an annual activity in 1997.  It traditionally falls on the Saturday of the third full week in September.

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