Matching Grant Received!
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has awarded Prairie Lands Foundation a matching grant for stewardship activities! This grant will help fund removal of invasive tree and shrub species from Fugate Woods, planting of the habitat along the Vermillion River/Fugate Woods and Indian Creek/James Family Woods, and over-seeding forb species diversity of prairie restoration along the Bluestem Trail. You can help by volunteering (work day opportunities are posted seasonally here on the website) or by donating. With the Challenge Grant, your funds will be matched three times! $25 turns into $100! To donate, please make a check payable to Prairie Lands Foundation and mail to Prairie Lands Foundation, c/o David Hammer, 104 E. Locust St., Fairbury, IL 61739. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent under the law.
Fugate Woods Nature Preserve is located in the abundant prairie croplands of Central Illinois, just 2 1/2 miles northeast of Fairbury, Illinois. This natural area contains more than 150 acres of native timber and restored prairie. Visitors are invited to hike the serene grounds and trails, rich in wildlife and native plants.
A variety of programs and events offer unique opportunities for all interested age groups. Fugate Woods also presents a living classroom environment for the public and charitable/education organizations.
Trails are open daily*, sunrise to sunset, foot traffic only, pets must be leashed
*Excepting Mother's Day and firearm deer season.
For the preservation of the habitat and well-being of all visitors:
No Alcohol, No Firearms, No Hunting, No Bicycles, No Vehicles, Leash All Pets
Friday, September 18, 2015 9am-12noon:
Make a Difference Pollinator Plantings Field Day
The public is invited to join in exploring options for establishing habitat to support the threatened pollinator populations, regionally and worldwide. From the home gardener to extended acreage, roadside and the Federal Farm Bill Crop Reserve program opportunities, presenters will address need, process, seed availability and habitat management issues. An in-the-field site visit of the Fugate Woods restoration over-seeding project will conclude the event. Sponsored by Illinois Pheasants Forever, Illinois Quail Forever, Illinois Clean Energy Community Habitat Grant, Fugate Woods/Prairie Lands Foundation, and Crop Production Services. [ more details ]
Saturday, October 24, 2015 9am:
Fugate Woods / Prairie Lands Found. Fall Work Day
Planting memorial grove trees. Volunteers of all ages welcome. [ more details ]
For more information about any of these events, please see our Events page, or call The Woods Steward at: 815-692-8003