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
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

New photo of windmill_2017Copy on Prairie Day 2017

2017 Poster Click here.  Activities Schedule Click here.

Dave DiNaso with Turtle 2016

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.

10.15 AM

Northern Illinois Raptors Presentation
This Birds of Prey programs will feature live birds.

11:20 AM

Brian Holt Magic 2016
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 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.  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 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—2:30 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.

All A'Flutter Fundraiser 2017Prairie Partner Fundraiser:
Stop by and visit with Chuck, buy a chance on "All A'Flutter,"
(a lovely queen 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.


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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