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Nachusa's annual Autumn on the Prairie festival can't take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we invite you to explore the preserve on your own. Here are several resources to enhance your visits to our prairies, woodlands, and wetlands.

Visitor Center Trail

The Visitor Center Trail is a 0.4-mile mowed path that can be accessed from either the parking lot or the Visitor Center pavilion. Plant identification signs mark a number of species along the trail.

Visitor Center Show Garden

A decorative chain surrounds the garden between the sidewalks southeast of the Visitor Center Pavilion. About 40 plant labels identify the species in the enclosure. Flowers bloom from spring to fall, so there's an ever-changing palette to experience.

Scavenger Hunt

Families with children will especially enjoy this challenge to search for plants and critters at Clear Creek Knolls or our other hiking destinations. Access the web page with a mobile device (Verizon Wireless and US Cellular usually have the best reception at Nachusa), or download a printable PDF and bring it with you. You may submit your findings using the form on the web page.

Stone Barn Savanna Online Guided Tour

Use your cell phone or other mobile device for a self-guided hike along the Stone Barn Savanna trail. Each of the seven stops is marked by a numbered green sign on a post. The website provides an introduction as well as corresponding text for each of the stops. Along the 1.8-mile round trip, you will take three turns as you pass through an oak savanna under restoration, walk around magnificent sandstone rock outcrops, explore prairie plantings (restorations), and end up at a large recovering wetland, where you will retrace your steps back to the entrance at the west end of Stone Barn Road. Share your feedback via the website form if you wish.
Meet Nachusa's volunteer docents! Our docents all have a passion for conservation, prairies, bison, and everything involving Nachusa Grasslands. In addition, all the docents enjoy talking to people about their passion! They are available at the Visitor Center on various weekend mornings and afternoons to answer your questions and guide you to hiking locations on the preserve. Docents can be easily recognized by the bright lime-green vests they wear.
Thank you to all the volunteers, including Mike Adolph, Dee Hudson, Leah Kleiman, and Susan Kleiman, who helped develop our visitor resources.
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