Friends of Nachusa Grasslands PrairiE-Update
Nachusa Grasslands Tours
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In 2018, free public tours of the Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Center and Bison Unit will be offered by TNC volunteers from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on various Saturdays from May to October. "Look for Bison Tours" will also take place at Autumn on the Prairie on September 15.
The 2018 Public Tour dates are:
  • May 19 (3rd Saturday)
  • June 23 (4th Saturday)
  • July 21 (3rd Saturday)
  • August 25 (4th Saturday)
  • September 22 (4th Saturday)
  • October 13 (2nd Saturday)
All tours are offered and overseen by The Nature Conservancy. Tours will be limited to 10 people per tour group leader. Up to two tours will be offered each day, depending on leader availability. Space will be reserved for people who have registered in advance. Reservations will be available on a monthly basis, and you can only sign up during the month that the tour is offered. The signup will be posted early each month.
  • Meet at the Nachusa Grasslands Visitor Center, 2075 Lowden Road
    ​Franklin Grove, IL 61031
    (not the Headquarters Barn) before 1:30 p.m., as tours will begin promptly.
  • Park in the lot and climb the low hill to the pavilion, where the tour leaders will meet you.
  • Tours may include Visitor Center orientation, driving to various areas on the preserve, and hiking off trail over uneven ground with hills.
  • Individuals with limited mobility may choose to remain in the vehicle while the rest of the group is out walking, but they must be able to get in and out of a pickup truck.
  • Viewing Nachusa’s bison is not guaranteed, as the herd cannot always be seen from the lanes.
  • Each tour will last about two hours.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and a hat.
  • Bring a water bottle, as the unshaded prairie can be very hot. A hand pump is available at the Visitor Center.
  • Bug repellent and sunscreen are also recommended.
  • If storms are in the forecast, bring rain gear.
  • The Visitor Center has outhouses.
  • Tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather or the unavailability of volunteer leaders.
For more information and a link to the sign-up form, see the Friends of Nachusa Grasslands website Public Tours page.

Please do not call or email the preserve to ask to be added to the list, as we do not have the human resources to handle your requests.
Photos by Dee Hudson, Mark Jordan, and Charles Larry
Copyright © 2018 Friends of Nachusa Grasslands, All rights reserved.

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