Sarah Livesay, executive director for Grand Prairie Friends, shares how new trails in central Illinois can allow visitors to get outdoors and explore.
Here’s more from Grand Prairie Friends:
Grand Prairie Friends has recently completed an additional five miles of hiking trails along the Embarras River at Warbler Ridge Conservation Area in Charleston.Though only one hour south, this area offers extremely steep ravines and beautiful overlook vistas due to the Wisconsin glacier ending just before the Charleston area!
These new trails allow visitors to access one of the ridges of the conservation area where the historic McKenzie- Waltrip cemetery exists.
Also at Warbler Ridge, a major bat habitat restoration project is underway for the endangered Indiana bat, we would love to chat about that too.
On Sat Sept 22, Grand Prairie Friends invites the public out to Warbler Ridge for a day of guided hikes on the new trails, live music and free food during our Fall Fete event. Our bat researchers will be on-hand at the Fete to chat with guests as well.
This Saturday is our Fall Fete Event: http://grandprairiefriends.org/fall-fete2018.php
October will also begin our “First Saturday Forest Stewardship Days”.
First Saturday in Oct & November where people can learn about managing forests of invasive species with lots of hands-on practice and on-site training.
I think the new Hike App that we have available to the public is very exciting! Self-Guided Hike App Now Available of 2-Mile Warbler Trail: http://grandprairiefriends.org/stewardsites/WRinterpretive-trail.php
We’d love to have you volunteer this fall!
Saturday Sept 22, 2-5pm- Fall Fête at Warbler Ridge
Tuesday Sept 25, 9-11am – seed collection at Loda Prairie
Saturday, Oct 6, 9-11am – invasive removal at Warbler Ridge
Tuesday, Oct 9 9-11am – seed collection at Prospect Prairie
Saturday Nov 3, 9-11am – invasive removal at Warbler Ridge
Sunday Nov 4, 8-11am – support Rattlesnake Master Run for the Prairie