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Bison and beyond: Autumn on the Prairie comes to Franklin Grove Sept. 16

While waiting for their turn to see the bison at least year's Autumn on the Prairie, Aubrey and Andrea Vickers, both of Rock Falls, look over some crafts during the Nachusa Grasslands' annual event. This year's event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at 8772 S. Lowden Road, Franklin Grove.
While waiting for their turn to see the bison at least year's Autumn on the Prairie, Aubrey and Andrea Vickers, both of Rock Falls, look over some crafts during the Nachusa Grasslands' annual event. This year's event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at 8772 S. Lowden Road, Franklin Grove.

FRANKLIN GROVE – Autumn on the Prairie will return from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Nachusa Grasslands Nature Conservatory, 8772 S. Lowden Road.

The event will feature guided and self-guided tours, wagon rides to the bison unit, displays, a children’s tent, music and food.

Riding prairie tours will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but tickets should be picked up by 2. Visitors with reduced mobility must be able to walk to the path entrance, ride a UTV to the fence gate, and then climb a ramp or stairs into a trailer.

Experience guides will lead walking tours of the prairies, woodlands and wetlands. Sturdy shoes and pants, not shorts, are recommended for the hiking tours, as most are off the trail with hills.

Local artists will paint prairie landscapes.

Oliver’s Corner Market will sell food from 11:30 a.m. to
3 p.m., Farming Heritage will sell kettle corn, and Books on First will sell items at the event.

Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education will be on hand. The Loves Park nonprofit rescues, rehabilitates and releases native birds of prey and promotes conservation awareness through interactive educational programs.

There will be Ojibwe beadwork demonstrations and a woodcarving display.

Donations to Friends of Nachusa Grasslands will be accepted at the Welcome Tent. Parking is $5.

Go to nachusagrasslands.org for more information and instructions on all tours.

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