Join volunteers and members of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance for an all-day tour of two large restored grassland/wetland complexes: Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, Illinois, and the Nygren Wetland Preserve near Rockton Illinois.
The 3,500-acre Nachusa Grasslands preserve, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, consists of large remnant prairie, woodlands, and wetlands being reconnected through habitat restoration to create one of the largest and most biologically diverse grasslands in Illinois. Wild bison once again roam on the Illinois prairie for the first time in over 200 years. In recent years, bison have been reintroduced at Nachusa and can be viewed from the public roadsides. The bison range across 1,500 acres of rolling land. We’ll learn about the important role the “Friends of Nachusa” play in the restoration and management of the property
The Natural Land Institute is restoring prairies, wetlands and woodlands at its beautiful 720-acre Nygren Wetland Preserve west of Rockton, Illinois, along Raccoon Creek and the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers. We’ll see and hear about the restoration efforts at Nygren by NLI staff.
7:30am coach pick-up #1 at public Park-N-Ride on Hwy 12 and Hwy 188, ½ mile south of Sauk City
8:15am coach pick-up #2 at Dutch Mill Park-N-Ride on East Broadway and the Beltline, Monona
10:30am arrival at Nachusa Grasslands for discussion & tour
12:30pm lunch break (bring sack lunch or buy lunch through SPCA)
1:15pm Depart for Nygren Wetlands Preserve
2:30pm Guided Tour of Nygren
4:30pm Departure to Madison
5:45pm Return to Dutch Mill Park-N-Ride, Madison
6:30pm Return to Park-N-Ride, Sauk City
Cost: $25 for any Alliance volunteer or member; $35 for non-members. Price includes comfortable private coach transportation (toilet onboard), snacks & entrance fees. You can either bring a sack lunch or pay for lunch through the Alliance ($8 extra/person). You may pay with a check or pay online at our website (go to “Donate Now” and pay your total fee.)
RESERVE YOUR SPACE EARLY! Space is limited to 30 passengers.