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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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2016 - 19th Annual Prairie Day Poster.
NEW


The 19th Annual
Prairie Day
September 17th, 2016
Come in at 9:30 a.m. to be seated for the first performance. Visit until 3:30 p.m.

Our Prairie Day Sponsor:
Exelon Logo
Visit with an Exelon Representative on the grounds.


AUDITORIUM EVENTS

 This is a NEW LISTING of our activities for Sept 17th, 2016.  All presentations and wagon rides are free admittance thanks to our good neighbors.


Incredible Bats along with Baxter & Bella,
the adorable skunks,
are presented by Daniel and Sharon Peterson.
 

You will have a chance to pet an Egyptian fruit bat and a skunk...and
a chance to really learn about creatures we are not always comfortable with.

10 AM to 10:45 AM


Dave 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.

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Dr. Sam Heads, State Paleontologist
Mazonia Fossils are amazing, and since we are just a hop, skip and a jump
from the Mazonia Fossil fields in Braidwood, Dr. Heads will address the subject.

 

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM



Brian Holt, Magician and Ballon Artist will join us.
Welcome to the Magic of Brian Holt, a Magician from Rockford, IL.
Mr. Holt will provide fun and interactive programs that create memories!
He will have a professional show that is Fun for everyone.
See him make Balloon Animals.

2:00 PM



OTHER ACTIVITIES


Lou Aiello’s Traveling American Indian Museum
on the front lawn of the visitor’s center. 
Learn many aspects of the life of American Indians. 
Make a Dream-Catcher or learn an Indian Dance. 
   

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

Conservation Police Exhibit Van.
The Van is centered around animals and birds in Illinois. 
Stop by and visit with Mike Davis and let him show you around the van.


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



The Annual Wagon Rides are Back Again!
Visit the prairie with Judi as your guide.

Cragg Cabin Ride—11:00 AM
Blue Stem Ride—12:00 PM
Sunflower Ride—1:15 PM
Golden Rod Ride—2:30 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.


Prairie Partner Fundraiser:
Stop by and visit with Chuck, buy a chance on "Grandma's Fan,"
a lovely twin sized quilt, and sign the guest register.
Drawing for the quilt will be at 2:30 p.m. September 17th.
It is even more important today to let your state

know how much you appreciate your park.

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

A DAY OF FREE FAMILY FUN


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 
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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