Sept. 23: Prophetstown Plants from the Wetlands, Woodlands, Grasslands and More! This INPAWS (link) meeting will be at Lilly Nature Center at 7 p.m. Angie Manuel, naturalist from Prophetstown State Park. She will talk about the old and the new. Plants that would have been seen 200 years ago, and trails open to the public for the first time in more than a century and a half.
Sept. 25: Wednesdays in the Wild, Renewal at Prophetstown, 1-3 p.m., meet at the Coneflower Shelter (link). Make sure you tell the gate keeper that you are attending the Wednesdays in the Wild program and the gate fee will be waived. Join Tom Swinford from the IDNR on a hike through the restored wetlands. Tom is the regional ecologist for the IDNR Nature Preserves.
Sept. 26: Meet at 8 a.m. at the gravel lot in Celery Bog for an early morning bird hike with Barny Dunning.
Sept. 28: Sycamore Audubon Society field trip (link). Meet at the gravel lot in Celery Bog for this trip to Eunice Bryan Woods in Clinton County. This nature area was once grazed, but has been allowed to re-grow for decades. Wear water proof hiking boots and long sleeves. There are some wet areas in the woods. About a 45- 50 minute drive time.
September is Archaeology Month. Prophetstown State Park will have special programs to celebrate. On Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be special events. Artifacts will be on display, you may donate artifacts to the DNR if you would like to. On Sunday from 11 a.m - 4 p.m., Jessica Deimer-Eaton of Woodland Indian Education (link) will be at the Village cooking up some great native foods once served at Prophetstown. Gate fees apply: (link)