Our ever-popular Wildflower Walkabouts, offered in conjunction with the Natural Land Institute, showcase what is currently in bloom at various woodland and grassland preserves around Winnebago and Boone Counties. Led by local wildflower experts, these are a wonderful opportunity to learn our local flora with other like-minded enthusiasts.
Join us for an evening at Bald Hill Prairie Preserve in Mt. Morris with Russell Brunner, Superintendent of Land Management, Todd Tucker, Byron Forest Preserve District Executive Director, and Mark Herman, Superintendent of Education. This Preserve has endangered wooly milkweed, several recently restored bur oak savannas and is home to the Big Tree Champion for the State of Illinois, an Eastern cottonwood that is 28.5 feet in circumference and 122 feet tall. The preserve is also home to many nesting grassland birds such as bobolinks, Eastern meadowlarks, and short-eared owls. Bald Hill Prairie Preserve address is 5502 North Silver Creek Road, Mt. Morris. Moderate hiking.