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Welcome to the James Woodworth Prairie

What is a PRAIRIE? A prairie is a close-to-treeless grassland with native plants found in North America. Grasslands with native vegetation on other continents go by other names (steppe, pampas, veldt). The 'sea of grass' and endless horizon associated with prairies by pioneers is no longer found in Illinois. Some large prairies still exist in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Prairies are rare in the 'Prairie State'. Most Illinois prairies were destroyed by the plow, but even those that were not rarely maintain presettlement plant communities because the suppression of fire has resulted in encroachment by woody plants. Treeless areas that are not dominated by native prairie plants are more appropriately called old fields.
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The prairie is open from May 15th until September 15th on Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. Any other hours will be announced on the Facebook Page. There is a guide and a guide booklet available, but individuals are welcome to walk around without the guide. It is not necessary to stay on the path.

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