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Summer Evenings on the Prairie

Hosting 2 Events at Afton Forest Preserve in July

  • Thursday, July 18th
    • Sunday, July 28th
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Forest Preserve Natural Resource Managers (Patrick 7/18 & Josh 7/28) will lead a “Summer Evenings on the Prairie” walk and talk through the prairie at Afton Forest Preserve. Follow trails through the spectacular mid-summer prairie blooms of Yellow and Purple Coneflowers, Blazing Star, Black-eyed Susan’s and the emerging tallgrass prairie of Big Bluestem and Indian Grass. Native Illinois prairie plants and prairie history will be discussed along with how to grow these low maintenance sustainable plants in your own home landscape.

Bring your camera and take some photos and binoculars to view the prairie grassland and wetland birds. Afton Forest Preserve is a “National Birding Hotspot.”  **Afton Forest Preserve information link!

In addition, Afton has beautiful picnic areas if you want to picnic before or after the program.

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